89-Year-Old Journalist Who Reconstructed Francis Interview From Memory Can’t Find His Teeth

October 6, 2013 by  
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ROME––After speculation began to circulate regarding the validity of a recent interview between journalist Eugenio Scalfari and Pope Francis published in La Repubblica, the Vatican confirmed yesterday that the interview was not taped, and that the 89-year-old journalist had not only “forgotten to take notes, but that he had also misplaced his teeth.” Just days after the interview was published, some in the Church reportedly began to question the veracity of parts of the interview, including details that His Holiness believed that the Church focused too much on abortion. “That’s when I first began to question the interview,” writer for L’Osservatore Romano Giuseppina De Luca told EOTT this morning. “Then I found out that Scalfari quoted His Holiness as saying that he had asked permission to spend a few minutes in the room next to the one with the balcony overlooking the square…which doesn’t even exist.” But Scalfari has recently come out in his own defense saying that Francis had indeed mentioned the nonexistent room, going on to say that the room was a special room that Francis called The Room of Requirement, which is a room that a person can only see and enter when they have real need of it. “Yes, like in Harry Potter…and he said that the room is sometimes there, and sometimes not, but when it appears, it is always equipped with the seeker’s needs.” At press time, Scalfari has asked Vatican permission to enter the Room of Requirement to search for his teeth as well as his memory.