NOT REAL NEWS: Pope didn’t order women to breed with Muslims
The pope has not ordered white women to “breed with Muslims,” despite reports circulating online from at least two outlets.
The stories base the inaccurate claim on a May 2016 interview between Pope Francis and La Croix, a daily French newspaper.
In the wide-ranging interview, the pope was asked if Europe can accept refugees. In response, Pope Francis said Europeans should not isolate migrants, but work to integrate them into society. He also said that migrants will help stabilize Europe’s declining birth rate.
He did not mention women or breeding during the question-and-answer session.
The reports also claim the pope compared Jesus to the leader of “an Islamic terrorist death cult.” He did not.
The online sites circulating the false stories did not respond to requests for comment.
This is part of The Associated Press’ ongoing effort to fact-check misinformation that is shared widely online, including work with Facebook to identify and reduce the circulation of false stories on the platform.
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