Pope Francis wants to destroy Christianity

Summary

Christianity is first and foremost an identity provider. An identity that Pope Francis, together with the Left, seems to want to destroy.

Disproof

This is a conspiracy theory, presented without evidence, and a recurrent pro-Kremlin attack on Pope Francis. It is in line with the established pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the degeneracy of Western liberal values. According to this narrative, Europe is presented as having abandoned traditional Christian values in favour of progressive "moral decay", while Russia is by contrast presented as the protector of these values and the "real European" culture and tradition.

For further examples of this narrative, see here.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 173
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 17/11/2019
  • Language/target audience: English, Italian
  • Country: Italy, Vatican
  • Keywords: Western values, European values, Conspiracy, Christianity
  • Outlet: Gepolitica.ru
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Disproof

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Disproof

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Disproof

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