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Vatican denies report that Pope has brain tumor

October 21, 2015

The Holy See Press Office has strongly denied an Italian newspaper report that Pope Francis has a small brain tumor that can be treated without surgery.

Citing “reliable sources,” Quotidiano Nazionale reported that the Pope is under the care of Dr. Takanori Fukushima of the San Rossore Treatment Center in Pisa.

“The circulation of entirely unfounded news regarding the health of the Holy Father by an Italian newspaper is gravely irresponsible and unworthy of attention,” said Father Federico Lombari, director of the Holy See Press Office. “Furthermore, as is clearly evident, the Pope is carrying out his very intense activity in a totally normal way.”

The newpaper’s editor responded that the denial is “understandable” but that he did not have “the slightest doubt” about the story’s veracity.


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  • Posted by: bruno - Oct. 21, 2015 6:11 PM ET USA

    It is "gravely irresponsible" of the newspaper, but we will still watch the headlines with concern.