Newspaper corrects: The Pope was Catholic

The (London) Times

In its daily roundup of corrections and clarifications, The Times made an important distinction about the religion of former Pope John Paul II (née Karol Wojtyla), whom it said in an earlier column was not an acolyte of the church he led:

Karol Wojtyla was referred to in Saturday’s Credo column as “the first non-Catholic pope for 450 years”. This should, of course, have read “non-Italian”. We apologise for the error.

In other scripture-related errors The New York Times earlier this year confused which sea Moses parted. It was, of course, the Red Sea.

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