Pope Francis has been celebrating his 81st birthday, visiting the maternity and pediatric wards at St. Martha\u2019s Dispensary at the Vatican. The children presented him with a cake. Earlier children from around Rome had packed into St Peter's square to sing \u0022Happy Birthday\u0022 to the Pope, but the day was not all about celebration. Ahead of his annual communications message, which Francis has promised this year will be centred on what he calls the evils of fake news, he gave a taste of its contents to assembled journalists.\u00a0 \u201cYou shouldn\u2019t fall into the \u2018sins of communication:\u2019 disinformation, or giving just one side, calumny that is sensationalised, or defamation, looking for things that are old news and have been dealt with and bringing them to light today,\u0022 he said to Catholic media.\u00a0 Any such actions were a \u201cgrave sin that hurts the heart of the journalist and hurts others\u201d, he warned. He insisted\u00a0 journalists perform a mission that is among the most \u201cfundamental\u201d to democratic societies, and repeated that he considered it a \u201cvery serious sin\u201d to fabricate and sensationalise stories.