The image shows Pope Francis with Holocaust survivors
Facebook posts circulating in various languages purport to show a photo of Pope Francis kissing the hands of American banker David Rockefeller and a member of the wealthy Rothschild family. The claim is false: the photograph shows the pontiff meeting Holocaust survivors in Israel in 2014.
The photo was shared in a Facebook post published here on April 18, 2021.
Text on the image reads: “Pope Francis kissing the hands of David Rockefeller & John Rothschild”.
However, the claim is false.
A Google reverse search of the photo led AFP to this article published on May 26, 2014 in Italian newspaper La Stampa.
The article is about Pope Francis’s encounter with Holocaust survivors during a trip to Israel, where he was visiting the Vad Yashem memorial.
Footage of the encounter was uploaded to the centre’s YouTube channel and that of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. No mention of Kissinger, Rockefeller or Rothschild appeared in the memorial’s media release, nor in the aforementioned videos of the encounter.
According to the memorial, the pope shook hands with Eliezer Grynfeld (whom the pope kissed in the post) and Moshe Ha-Elion (behind Grynfeld).
Below are pictures of the three men mentioned in the misleading posts, Rothschild (left), Kissinger (top-right) and Rockefeller.