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Inside the VaticanJanuary 13, 2022
Pope Francis addresses diplomats accredited to the Holy See during an annual meeting with the diplomatic corps at the Vatican Jan. 10, 2022. In his address, the pope called for an urgent reality check against misinformation about COVID-19 vaccines. (CNS photo/Vatican Media)

Pope Francis addressed ambassadors from the 183 countries that have diplomatic relations with the Holy See about his top international priorities on Monday and, surprisingly, devoted a portion of his talk to the problems he sees with “cancel culture.”

This week on “Inside the Vatican,” host Colleen Dulle and veteran Vatican correspondent Gerard O’Connell take a look at the pope’s talk and why he thinks cancel culture is a threat to international cooperation.

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“Under the guise of defending diversity, it ends up canceling all sense of identity,” the pope said, “with the risk of silencing positions that defend a respectful and balanced understanding of various sensibilities.”

Gerry also recaps how Pope Francis baptized 16 children in the Sistine Chapel this weekend—which brought back memories of when then-Cardinal Bergoglio baptized Gerry and his wife’s children in Buenos Aires.

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