Fact Check: Did Catholic priest convert to Islam after waking up from coma?

Social media users are claiming that a Catholic priest converted to Islam after waking up from a one-year coma. They are sharing a screenshot of a Hindi newspaper to substantiate their claim.

By Sabya Singh  Published on  23 May 2022 6:30 AM GMT
Fact Check: Did Catholic priest convert to Islam after waking up from coma?

Hyderabad: Social media users are claiming that a Catholic priest converted to Islam after waking up from a one-year coma. They are sharing a screenshot of a Hindi newspaper to substantiate their claim.


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Fact Check

The claim is false.

NewsMeter searched on the web using relevant keywords and found a tweet from 'Utusan Online' news website. It confirmed that the report of a priest embracing Islam after waking up from a coma was a hoax.

'Utusan Online' shared a link to their clarification article about this story in the tweet. It said the 'World News Daily Report' website about a Catholic priest converting to Islam after being in a coma for 17 months was false.

Further, we also traced World News Daily Report. According to World News Daily, an 87-year-old Spanish priest living in Indonesia "awakened from a 17-month coma" and "converted to Islam after the man claims Allah spoke to him and showed him 'the beauty of the heavens."

According to the report, the priest suffered a cardiac arrest on the roof of his church, fell off the roof, and awoke with no spinal injury.

World News Daily Report describes itself as "an American Jewish Zionist newspaper based in Tel Aviv and dedicated to covering biblical archaeology news and other global mysteries." The site includes a disclaimer stating that it is satire. The site admits that "all news articles contained within worldnewsdailyreport.com are fiction and presumably fake news."

Victor Fenter, a Catholic Priest from the United States, converted to Islam in 2006 after being influenced by the 13th-century Islamic scholar, poet, and Sufi mystic Mevlana Jalaluddin al-Rumi. Fenter spent a decade teaching religion classes at US universities before converting to Islam. Fenter converted to Islam after learning about Rumi and Islam and was moved by the stories, Sufi dance, and spiritual atmospheres of the ceremonies. He has also changed his name to Ismail and relocated to Konya, Turkey. However, the story shared in the post is fictitious and was taken from the satirical website 'World News Daily Report.'

Hence, the claim is false.

Claim Review:Catholic priest converted to Islam after being in a coma for more than a year.
Claimed By:Social Media Users
Claim Reviewed By:Newsmeter
Claim Source:Social Media
Claim Fact Check:False
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