Was The Pope Arrested On 80-Count Indictment For Child Trafficking And Fraud During Supposed ‘Vatican Blackout’?

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Pope Francis is to become the latest figure to receive the coronavirus vaccine.

The head of the Catholic Church could receive the injection in the coming days, he said in an interview with Italian television channel TG5.

In the interview, which will air Sunday evening, Pope Francis said the Vatican’s vaccine rollout would commence next week and that he had already booked an appointment.

His comments follow months of the Pope’s apparent resistance to wearing a mask in meetings.

His personal doctor has died from COVID-19 complications today, according to a report.

Fabrizio Soccorsi, 78, was admitted to Rome’s Gemelli Hospital for a previous health issue on Dec. 26, the Catholic News Agency reported.

The cause of his death, however, was coronavirus complications, the outlet reported, citing the Vatican’s newspaper L’Osservatore Romano.

It’s unclear when he last had direct contact with the pontifex.

This caused huge controversy and some sites reported that the Pope is missing.

While others said that he was arrested in Vatican City after a supposed blackout and he was indicted for child trafficking and fraud.

The claim appeared in an article published by Conservative Beaver which stated:

VATICAN / ITALY – Pope Francis aka Jorge Mario Bergoglio was arrested Saturday in connection with an 80- count indictment of charges including possession of child pornography, human trafficking, incest, possession of drug paraphernalia, and felony fraud.

The Italian National Prosecutor’s Office confirmed it ordered the arrests, and filed the charges.

Military officers, Italian police, and their Sex Crimes Unit went to the pope’s home in the Vatican, they arrested him and several other high ranking officials, and placed them all under arrest without incident. People near the scene have reported hearing gunshots, but the Police would not confirm if they were the ones firing the weapons.

Pope Francis is currently being held in an unknown prison, being interrogated by Federal Agents working for the state of Italy and Interpol. The FBI is reportedly making arrangements to fly in and interrogate him once Interpol is done with him.

This however is not true, there is no evidence for any of this and the claim that went viral.

Vatican City is an independent state with its own judicial system. The Italian National Prosecutor would not have the power to effect any arrests there, especially not of the Head of State. It is also unclear why the (presumably) American FBI would be involved and (if they were) why there would be no official announcement about it. Arresting the Head of State of an independent nation would be a major diplomatic incident that would send shockwaves through the international community, yet none of this appears to be happening.

The Vatican has not issued any press releases about their Head of State being kidnapped by a foreign state either.

Also, AP News reports that the Pope spoke out against violence in his homily this morning!

So conservatives have enough problems with censorship anyway and spreading unconfirmed fake news wouldn’t help.

Natalie D.

Natalie D. is an American conservative writer who writes for Supreme Insider and Conservative US, ! Natalie has described herself as a polemicist who likes to "stir up the pot," and does not "pretend to be impartial or balanced, as broadcasters do," drawing criticism from the left, and sometimes from the right. As a passionate journalist, she works relentlessly to uncover the corruption happening in Washington. She is a "constitutional conservative".