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Pope Francis sits before delivering his speech during a Jubilee audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

The Pope compared spreading fake news to being sexually excited by poop. No, really.


In an interview in a Belgian Catholic weekly publication, Pope Francis condemned fake news, calling it a sin to disseminate lies.

He also compared those who do spread fake news to coprophiliacs (people who become aroused by poop) and the consumption of fake news to coprophagia, or eating poop, Reuters reports.

And no, before you get any ideas, this  is not fake news. He actually said this.

I think the media have to... not fall into -- no offence intended -- the sickness of coprophilia, that is, always wanting to cover scandals...
Pope Francis

The Pope even said the media should resist covering scandals if they are true, for the same reason. 

Oddly enough, fake news featuring the Pope has been highlighted as one of the most egregious examples of the phenomenon. An article from a fake news site reported that he had endorsed U.S. President-elect Donald Trump.  

He in fact endorsed Hillary Clinton and condemned Trump and his rhetoric repeatedly.

In the interview with "Tertio," he said fake news is the greatest harm the media can do.

This did little to deter detractors, such as #PizzaGate believers.

No one has a right to do this. It is a sin and it is hurtful.
Pope Francis, on covering scandals

Pope Francis excused himself for using such strong language, Reuters reports. 

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