ITV News wrongly announced the death of the Pope in a live TV blunder on Christmas Day.
Presenter Kylie Pentelow accidentally announced the religious leader had died – when he is still very much alive – as she discussed his annual Christmas address on Saturday.
Journalist Kylie was reporting on the Pope’s call for more people to get vaccinated in the world and vaccine equality across all countries when she made the blunder and said: “He said that vaccines should be made available to those most in need.”
Before adding by mistake: “His death was announced … eh, excuse me.”
Viewers took to Twitter to comment on the blunder.
“Someone get this newsreader a drink STAT. We all make mistakes,” one wrote.
Another added: “The news reporter on ITV News announced the death of The Pope by accident, then swiftly moved on before she finished the announcement. Straight-faced and all.”
“If the pope dies in the next six hours, the police will knock on ITV News’ door…” a third shared, whilst a fourth added: “Just to check, the Pope is all ok, isn’t he?!”
The Pope – who is 85-years-old – was speaking from the central balcony of St Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican, as he urged people to unite in both personal and professional relationships.
“Our capacity for social relationships is sorely tried; there is a growing tendency to withdraw, to do it all by ourselves, to stop making an effort to encounter others and do things together,” he began.
“On the international level, too, there is the risk of avoiding dialogue; the risk that this complex crisis will lead to taking shortcuts rather than setting out on the longer paths of dialogue. Yet only those paths can lead to the resolution of conflicts and to lasting benefits for all.”
Pope Francis also discussed the “great number of conflicts, crises, and disagreements” in the world.
He said: “We continue to witness a great number of conflicts, crises and disagreements. These never seem to end; by now we hardly even notice them. We have become so used to them that immense tragedies are now being passed over in silence, we risk not hearing the cry of pain and distress of so many of our brothers and sisters.”