If Your Time is short
- Pope Francis is alive and addressed the public April 21.
The title of a 50-minute video that’s being shared among believers of the QAnon conspiracy theory on social media claims that “Pope Francis is dead.”
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The video was shared online as early as April 20. Since then, Pope Francis’ verified Twitter account has tweeted four times, most recently writing that “the Lord of life wants us to be full of life, and he tells us the secret of life: we come to possess it only by giving it away.”
On April 21, he also addressed the public from the Vatican during what’s known as a general audience.
On April 22, he delivered a message for Earth Day, but it was pre-recorded.
We found nothing to suggest that he is dead. There is no news coverage, nor any credible reports from the Vatican or elsewhere.
We rate this claim Pants on Fire.