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Vatican Denies Pope Francis Gave Eugenio Scalfari of Italy's 'La Repubblica' an Interview

Greg Burke Warns That Any Dialogue Published Is Author’s ‘Own Reconstruction,’ Is Not Faithful

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The Vatican denies that Pope Francis gave the soon to be 94-year-old Eugenio Scalfari, founder of Italy’s La Repubblica newspaper, an interview, noting it was only a private meeting, and that therefore anything published regarding an alleged interview is not reliable nor can be believed to be the Pope’s words.
Yesterday, Greg Burke, issued the following statement: «Recently, the Holy Father Francis received the founder of the Italian daily La Repubblica in a private meeting, on the occasion of Easter, but without granting him an interview.»
«What the author refers to in today’s article is the fruit of his reconstruction, in which the textual words pronounced by the Pope are not quoted.»
«Therefore,» the Vatican Press Office director concluded, «no quotation in the said article must be considered as a faithful transcription of the Holy Father’s words.»

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Deborah Castellano Lubov

Deborah Castellano Lubov is Senior Vatican & Rome Correspondent for ZENIT; author of 'The Other Francis' ('L'Altro Francesco') featuring interviews with those closest to the Pope and preface by Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Parolin (currently published in 5 languages); Deborah is also NBC & MSNBC Vatican Analyst. She often covers the Pope's travels abroad, often from the Papal Flight (including for historic trips such as to Abu Dhabi and Japan & Thailand), and has also asked him questions on the return-flight press conference on behalf of the English-speaking press present. Lubov has done much TV & radio commentary, including for NBC, Sky, EWTN, BBC, Vatican Radio, AP, Reuters and more. She also has contributed to various books on the Pope and has written for various Catholic publications. For 'The Other Francis': or

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