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Did Pope Francis Declare “All Religions Are True” at Third Vatican Council?

Did Pope Francis Declare “All Religions Are True” at Third Vatican Council?

An article circulating online states that Pope Francis declared that all religions are true at the Third Vatican Council. Is this true or false?

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The article is false. 

Let’s first look at what is being claimed. 

In an article published by Diversity Chronicle, we read that Pope Francis announced that “All religions are true, because they are true in the hearts of all those who believe in them.” Francis also allegedly discussed atheists, stating, “Even atheists acknowledge the divine. Through acts of love and charity the atheist acknowledges God as well, and redeems his own soul, becoming an active participant in the redemption of humanity.”

Regarding intolerance, the Pope is quoted as saying Catholicism is now “a modern and reasonable religion, which has undergone evolutionary changes. The time has come to abandon all intolerance.”

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Diversity Chronicle

The source of this news item is Diversity Chronicle. The disclaimer on the website states, “The original content on this blog is largely satirical.”

Third Vatican Council

There has not been a Third Vatican Council. The Second Vatican Council occurred back in the 1960’s and such an event now would receive significant press.

2014 Resurgence

This story first circulated heavily on social media website in December 2013. In late February 2014, it surged for another round of sharing, despite the fact that the article has remained unchanged since it was originally posted.

Bottom Line

Pope Francis did not claim that “all religions are true” at a Third Vatican Council. No such event occurred, and the source of this report is a satirical website.


  • Pope Francis Condemns Racism and Declares That “All Religions Are True” at Historic Third Vatican Council (Diversity Chronicle: December 5, 2013)
  • Second Vatican Council (Catholic-Hierarchy.org)

Updated March 1, 2014

  • Melanie

    Too bad it’s a hoax. When I first read it, I was hoping it would be true because then, for once, the Catholic church and the Vatican would be heading in a good, sound, and reasonable direction – one that modern Catholics and educated youth can actually get behind. But no… I suppose it’s back to the bigotry, discrimination, and child abusing priests it is known for.

  • yoNyoB

    The Pope did not declare but it was part of his speech. He said All religions are true, because they are true in the hearts of all those who believe in them. which is right because all religions are claiming to be the only truth. There are about 35,000 Christian denomination claiming that each of them are the true religion. Like you if you are a member of the ADD you believed that what they teaches are true and so to the member of INC, the Baptist, Born Again and many more…

  • Maria

    There has not yet been a third vatican council. One is due next year but has definitely not happened yet! The tiniest bit of research would have told you such, vatican councils are a BIG deal they’re not like a county council meeting of church elders! Do some research!!

  • Damian

    People should not abuse the freedom of speech to publish articles capable of causing disaffection in the minds of religious people. The reporter could cite other means of generating humour rather than religion.

  • Tom

    Yes, it did not take too long to see the other entries on the website we’re bogus as well. How many people sent these out? A joke through the web gives people a chance to put on their thinking caps.

  • Edward C.

    The document you linked to is called an Apostolic Exhortation. Like encyclicals, it is a teaching document of the Pope. A Pope will issue such a document when he has something important to share with the Church, or with the world at large.
    This is not a council document, as no council has been called.
    And Pope Francis has NOT said, in any document, that all religions are equal. Which is the bottom line here.

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