Internet has a field day as ITV anchor announces Pope Francis' 'DEATH' on Christmas

'His death was announced ... eh, excuse me,' anchor Kylie Pentelow said while presenting the news


                            Internet has a field day as ITV anchor announces Pope Francis' 'DEATH' on Christmas
Pope Francis waves to onlookers and pilgrims during his visit to eastern Slovakia (Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
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An ITV newsreader mistakenly said that the Pope is dead while presenting the news on Christmas Day. Journalist Kylie Pentelow was reporting on the Pontiff's Christmas Day address in the Vatican City, where he encouraged vaccinations against Covid-19 and called for equal distribution of them across all nations. But the presenter wrongly stated that the 85-year-old had died. “He said that vaccines should be made available to those most in need,” Pentelow said, before awkwardly adding, “his death was announced... eh, excuse me.”

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On December 25, Pope Francis, head of the Catholic church since 2013 when he replaced Benedict XVI, said from the central balcony of St Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican: “Our capacity for social relationships is sorely tried; there is a growing tendency to withdraw, to do it all by ourselves, to stop making an effort to encounter others and do things together. On the international level, too, there is the risk of avoiding dialogue; the risk that this complex crisis will lead to taking shortcuts rather than setting out on the longer paths of dialogue. Yet only those paths can lead to the resolution of conflicts and to lasting benefits for all.”

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He added: “We continue to witness a great number of conflicts, crises and disagreements. These never seem to end; by now we hardly even notice them. We have become so used to them that immense tragedies are now being passed over in silence, we risk not hearing the cry of pain and distress of so many of our brothers and sisters.”

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Meanwhile, people on the Internet had a field day after Pentelow’s wrong announcement. A user tweeted, “Dead for years. Although perhaps he's always just been a hologram and never existed? Anyone ever met him?” The second user said, “This has just made me laugh so much. Good old Pope Francis still alive and well!” “@itvnews just casually announcing the pope is dead and then not correcting themselves. I had to rewind and double check I’d heard correctly!” the third user added.

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Pope Francis arrives to meet Slovak President Zuzana Caputova at the Presidential Palace on September 13, 2021 in Bratislava, Slovakia (Gabriel Kuchta/Getty Images)

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A tweet making fun of the Pope, as well as the Queen, stated, “Live broadcast mistakenly announced the pope is dead and the Queen suddenly looked younger and doesn't need glasses anymore. Its a christmas miracle, or movie.” Another tweet read, “Did the @itvnews lady just announce the Pope was dead? What?! I know I've had a bit of Christmas cheer, but im sure she just said…”

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A person shared, “Kenyatta dead, wife alive. Mandela dead, wife alive. Mangufuli dead, wife alive. Mugabe dead, wife alive. Nkurinziza died, wife alive Ghaddafi dead, wife alive No wife, Pope Francis. Bro Do you think what iam thinking.?” Another one commented, “Prince Philip dead, Queen alive.” “The pope isn't dead as reported live on ITV He's just a little chesty,” a user said.

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A user speculated, “pope dead is what they said ? def something is up ..hhmmm.” “The Pope it dead, has just been announced, the Pope responded with, you wish bitches!” another user added.

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