Pope Francis recently shed some of his trademark cool in what was an apparent shade on United States President, Donald Trump.
This was contained in a tweet Wednesday in which the Supreme Pontiff went after the ‘fake news’ catchphrase of Trump.
‘There is no such thing as harmless disinformation; trusting in falsehood can have dire consequences,’ the Holy Father wrote.
While the Pope was careful not to mention Trump by name – many saw it as a not-so-subtle subtweet at the US president.
One commenter, Tom Dallessio, wrote: ‘Are you listening @realDonaldTrump?’
Another user added: ‘Holy Father please tell @realDonaldTrump’
There is no such thing as harmless disinformation; trusting in falsehood can have dire consequences.
— Pope Francis (@Pontifex) January 24, 2018
It’s not the first time Francis has indirectly criticised Trump – laying emphasis on the US’s increasingly inward foreign policy decisions.
In his Christmas Eve Mass at the end of last year, the Pope called for compassion for migrants in a poignant address, Metro writes.
Then, on Christmas Day, he issued an apparent rebuke to Trump for his controversial decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
The Holy Father also used his Christmas message to call for a two-state solution to the seemingly endless Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
While the Pope presumably doesn’t err, this may not stop Trump dismissing this as ‘fake news!”