From the pope rocking a Balenciaga puffy coat to a Drake and Weeknd song that never happened, artificial intelligence is causing a stir and making it harder to separate real from fake.
The viral, AI-generated photo of the pope in a white puffer jacket tripped up several Twitter users including Chrissy Teigen.
The pontiff suggested that the middle finger, "which is higher than the others, reminds us of something essential: honesty."
There have been more than 260 popes throughout history.
It comes almost a decade after he resigned as the head of the Catholic Church.
He also offered some advice on how to break the habit "so you will not have temptation in hand."
The singer called out the Vatican's double standards, saying it was "happy to make a profit" from the story of his life.
Writing in The New York Times, Francis chastised governments that ignored "mounting deaths" and warned about other "unseen viruses" such as climate change.
The Holy See said Pope Francis does not meet with political figures in election periods.
Pope Francis has held his first general audience with a live crowd in six months, as restrictions ease after the coronavirus pandemic. About 500 people attended, nearly all of them wearing masks and keeping social distancing.