Vatican Slams Pope Francis Brain Tumor Report

There have been rumors of Pope Francis being diagnosed with a brain tumor, and The Vatican is vehemently denying this story. The Vatican claims that the information published by Italian media is untrue and unfounded.

Father Romas Rosica, Vatican spokesperson, said, “The news of the Pope’s health condition is totally unfounded, it is a totally irresponsible act of the Italian news agency that released this.”

The publication, Il Quotidiano Nazionale (QN), claimed Pope Francis was diagnosed with a small dark spot on his brain — a small, but curable, tumor.

They reported that Japanese specialist Professor Takanori Fukushima from the San Rossore di Barbarcina clinic near Pisa had been secretly transported via helicopter into the Vatican back in January to examine Pope Francis.

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Fukushima, who also teaches at Duke University and at West Virginia University, had allegedly reported an operation would not be necessary but that the Pope would have to undergo treatment to deal with the tumor.

“No Japanese doctor has visited the pope in the Vatican and there have been no examinations of the type indicated in the article,” said Chief Vatican spokesman Father Frederico Lombardi.

QN argued that the consultation with Fukushima did indeed take place as they reported a papal helicopter had landed unannounced near Pisa several months ago.

“The competent offices have confirmed that there have been no arrivals of external parties in the Vatican by helicopter; similarly, there were no arrivals of this type during the month of January,” Lombardi refuted. “I am able to confirm that the pope is in good health.”

Vatican officials were quick to point out Pope Francis’ recent trips to Cuba and the United States as proof of his good health. Other than a slight problem with his legs, the Pope is in excellent condition.

QN’s reports are based on unnamed sources, presumably from the alleged clinic that Pope Francis had sought out treatment. Another claim states that an unnamed nurse had entered the clinic’s chapel to light a candle to the Virgin Mary after having seen the papal brain scans.

In spite of the Vatican’s rebuttals, QN’s Andrea Cagnini holds his ground.

“It is understandable and to be expected that the Holy See would deny the story. We delayed the publication of this news for a long time in order to check it out,” Cagnini explained in an editorial. “We have not the slightest doubt about its veracity. We debated at length as to whether we should publish it or not.”

He continued, “In the end we decided that that which applies to a head of state or government also applies to the pope — the enormous public responsibilities of such people weigh heavily and lead us to conclude that the right to privacy is less important than the right of public opinion to be informed.”

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