Pope’s brother not an Adventist
Silver Spring, Maryland, United States
The Seventh-day Adventist Church has responded to rumours claiming Pope Francis has an Adventist brother.
Dr John Graz, director of Public Affairs and Religious Liberty for the General Conference of the Adventist Church, said such claims have no basis in reality.
"There was a similar rumour circulating when John Paul II became Pope," said Dr Graz.
James Standish, director of Communications and Public Affairs in the South Pacific Division, said "these kinds of sensational rumours get people excited, but ultimately breed cynicism. We need to keep our eyes firmly fixed on Christ, and not on conspiracies."
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