Italian bishop baffled by fake Facebook profile

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The fake Facebook profile of Archbishop Arrigo Miglio. Screengrab: Facebook
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The Diocese of Cagliari, Sardinia, has been forced to publish a notice of explanation after a fake Facebook profile was created for the town’s archbishop, much to the delight of his congregation.

Churchgoers in the town of Cagliari in the southern Italian region of Sardinia could scarcely believe their good fortune when they received a Facebook friend request from their emulated Archbishop Arrigo Miglio.

The profile, created earlier this month, has since been flooded with messages from well-wishers congratulating the archbishop on his new-found interest in social networking. 

“Your excellency, it was a great surprise to find you on Facebook, I will always carry wonderful memories of the many moments I shared with you until your consecration. Thanks for befriending [me] and good job!” read one of the posts on his Facebook wall, Unione Sarda reported.

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But their delight didn’t last long. Within a few days the church was forced to release a statement denying that the 71-year-old churchman’s association with the social networking profile.

“This is [a notice] to say that a profile has appeared on Facebook under the name Arrigo Miglio. Such a profile is false and the work of an unknown person.”

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