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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

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.”

About 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, at times from the papal flight (including for historic trips such as to Abu Dhabi and Japan & Thailand), and has done television and radio commentary, including for Vatican Radio, Sky, and BBC. She is a contributor to National Catholic Register, UK Catholic Herald, Our Sunday Visitor, Inside the Vatican, and other Catholic news outlets. She has also collaborated with the Vatican in various projects, including an internship at the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, and is a collaborator with NBC Universal, NBC News, Euronews, and EWTN. For 'The Other Francis': or

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