Fact Check: Vatican DID Invite Public Figures To A Conference -- But It Happened In 2021

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  • by: Marlo Lee
Fact Check: Vatican DID Invite Public Figures To A Conference -- But It Happened In 2021 Was In 2021

Did the Vatican invite Chelsea Clinton, Dr. Anthony Fauci and the CEOs of Moderna and Pfizer to speak at a conference focusing on "health" and the "soul" in 2022? That's only partly true: This event did happen, but it was in 2021, not 2022. The conference was originally scheduled as an in-person event for May 2020, but was rescheduled and moved online for 2021 in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. It is true that Chelsea Clinton, Dr. Anthony Fauci and the CEOs of Moderna and Pfizer were invited. Other guests included religious leaders, professors, scientists and the CEOs of other companies.

The claim appeared in a Facebook post (archived here) on March 27, 2022. The post was a screenshot of an interaction on Twitter. The first tweet read:

JUST IN: The Vatican has invited Chelsea Clinton, Dr. Fauci, New Age figure Deepak Chopra, and the CEOs of Moderna and Pfizer to speak at a May conference focusing on 'health' and the 'soul'

Twitter user @ighaworth, then retweeted the tweet with, "Was Satan unavailable?"

This is what the post looked like on Facebook at the time of writing:

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Facebook screenshot(Source: Facebook screenshot taken on Wed Mar 30 14:31:23 2022 UTC)

The Vatican did invite public figures, scientists, CEOs and religious leaders to a conference, but it did not happen in 2022, the year this tweet was published. Here is a link to the dignitaries and speakers scheduled to appear at the event. The conference was originally meant to be an in-person event for May 2020, but was rescheduled and moved online for 2021, in light of the pandemic.

CBS News called it a "surreal line-up of virtual guests." Guests included supermodel Cindy Crawford, Joe Perry of Aerosmith and Princess Dina Mired of Jordan.

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Marlo Lee is a fact checker at Lead Stories. She is a graduate of Howard University with a B.S. in Biology. Her interest in fact checking started in college, when she realized how important it became in American politics. She lives in Maryland.

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