Vatican rejects report that Pope Francis telephoned Assad

Fr Federico Lombardi at the Vatican Press Office October 26 2012 Credit Matthew Rarey CNA CNA Vatican Catholic News 10 26 12 Fr. Federico Lombardi at the Vatican Press Office October 26, 2012. | Matthew Rarey/CNA.

A Vatican official denied a news story that claimed that Pope Francis had telephoned the Syrian president, Bashar Al-Assad.

Argentinian daily Clarin stated the pontiff telephoned the country's leader to discuss ongoing violence in the country and possible military strikes from outside nations.

But the director of the Holy See press office affirmed during a Sept. 5 press conference that the Pope did not come into contact with Al-Assad in any form.

"Categorically the Pope did not telephone Al-Assad," Father Federico Lombardi told journalists at the press office.

Our mission is the truth. Join us!

Your monthly donation will help our team continue reporting the truth, with fairness, integrity, and fidelity to Jesus Christ and his Church.