Pope Francis quotes on Christian-Muslim merger are fake, says Vatican

There have been quotes circulating since 2015 that suggest Pope Francis wants to merge Islam and Christianity together, but the Vatican has confirmed that they are fake.

(REUTERS / Remo Casilli)Pope Francis leads a mass on New Year's Day at Saint Peter's Basilica at the Vatican January 1, 2017.

In July 2015, Charisma News published a story about how The Washington Post and other news outlets wrongly reported that the Pope said the Bible and the Quran are alike. At that time, Pope Francis supposedly said the merging of Islam and Christianity could pave the way for miraculous things and will put a stop to religiously motivated violence.

"Jesus Christ, Mohammed, Jehovah, Allah. These are all names employed to describe an entity that is distinctly the same across the world. For centuries, blood has been needlessly shed because of the desire to segregate our faiths," the Post and other outlets falsely quoted Pope Francis. "We can accomplish miraculous things in the world by merging our faiths, and the time for such a movement is now. No longer shall we slaughter our neighbors over differences in reference to their God."

Recently, Vatican spokesman Greg Burke confirmed that the abovementioned quote is fake. In an interview with The Associated Press, he said the Islam-Christianity merger quotes attributed to the pontiff were merely "invented."

Back in 2006, according to BBC, Pope Benedict XVI told an audience at the University of Regensburg in Germany that violence is not compatible with God's nature. Prior to that, he quoted a 14th century Christian emperor's statement which suggested that the Prophet Muhammad brought about "evil and inhuman" things.

The BBC report notes that Pope Benedict XVI has not recovered from that blunder which sparked outrage with the Muslim community. His statement was seen as an attack on Islam. Christian Today reports that Pope Francis, on the other hand, has been busy improving the Church's ties with Muslims, but this does not mean that he wants Christianity and Islam to merge together.

In fairness to Charisma, its senior editor, Jennifer LeClaire, said it is unlikely that the pope was the one who said the actual quote on the Islam-Christianity merger. She also said there were a lot of Christians who believed the quote without a second thought. However, LeClaire also mentioned that Pope Francis has said and done so many unusual things that would make other Christians believe the fake quote immediately.

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