Death – ITV News Anchor Kylie Pentelow Accidentally Reports that Pope Francis is Dead

Death – Obituary

A British news anchor erroneously announced that the Pope was dead on Christmas Day. The Mirror reported that after Pope Francis delivered his annual Christmas Day address from St. Peter’s Basilica, calling for global healing and interpersonal peace, broadcaster Kylie Pentelow of ITV News reported live: “[The Pope] said that vaccines should be made available to those most in need. His death was announced—eh, excuse me.” The journalist maintained a straight face as she then transitioned to other news. Pope Francis, 85, is confirmed to be quite alive and well.

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What Is An Obituary

In national newspapers an obituary (obit for short) is a news article that reports the recent death of a prominent person. Although it tends to focus on positive aspects of the subject’s life this is not always the case. According to Nigel Farndale, the Obituaries Editor of The Times: “Obits should be life affirming rather than gloomy, but they should also be opinionated, leaving the reader with a strong sense of whether the subject lived a good life or bad; whether they were right or wrong in the handling of their public affairs.”

In local newspapers, an obituary may be published for any local resident upon death. A necrology is a register or list of records of the deaths of people related to a particular organization, group or field, which may only contain the sparsest details, or small obituaries. Historical necrologies can be important sources of information.