Was there a blackout at the Vatican? Rumours have emerged in 2021, but what actually happened? Let’s get the situation explored.
Recently, a number of people flocked to Twitter to enquire about an alleged blackout at the Vatican.
The Holy See’s independent city state has since been the subject of a wealth of social media conspiracy theories, none of which have been proven.
As a result, the search term ‘Vatican blackout’ has been trending on Twitter and misinformation is rife.
So, let’s look into it…
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Was there a blackout at the Vatican?
- No official statement has been made regarding a blackout in Vatican City.
On Sunday, January 10th 2021, Pope Francis tweeted the following: “Today I could not celebrate Baptisms in the Sistine Chapel, as is customary. I am praying for all the children who at this time are receiving Baptism, the Christian identity, the grace of forgiveness and of redemption.”
On the other hand, Somag News highlights that the press for the Vatican confirmed that the Pope did pray during the traditional Angelous: “This January 10, the day of the solemnity of the Baptism of the Lord, Pope Francis participated in the prayer of the Angelus.”
The previous source adds that this can be found on the Vatican City page, which included the following: “…after reciting the Marian Angelus prayer, Pope Francis greeted the people of the United States, prayed for the victims and encouraged them to ‘promote national reconciliation and protect the democratic values rooted in the American society’.”
This corresponds with a tweet from Pope Francis: “I am praying for the United States of America, shaken by the recent attack on Congress. I pray for those who lost their life. Violence is always self-destructive. I urge everyone to promote a culture of encounter and of care to construct the common good.”
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Alleged Vatican Blackout footage
A number of people have shared images of an alleged blackout at the Vatican and there is also a video which allegedly captures it too:
The Catholic Traveler uploaded the footage and wrote on the site: “As you can see, the camera exposure seems to be really low – something that happens to the live-feed often, by the way, when there is lightning and occasionally even during the rain. In any case, you can see the lights are very much on.”
They added: “You can see the dome, you can see the lights of the colonnade, you can see some office/apartment lights, you can see the nativity lights, you can see the Christmas tree star.”
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