Updated: Pope Francis’ First (Fake) Selfie

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Updated: Despite reports from CNN and other major news agencies on the viral ‘selfie’ along with reports that the image was from an official Vatican account, it appears that the first papal selfie is actually a fugazi (or is it a fugazy?). Millennial Catholics’ reactions to the news have been swift:


While the first papal selfie may be more exciting, the image nevertheless does convey a central theme of Pope Francis’ papacy: the joy of the Gospel. We are still reminded of his words in Evangelii Gaudium: “This is the joy which we experience daily, amid the little things of life, as a response to the loving invitation of God our Father.”