Vatican spokesman says claims pope has tumor ‘entirely unfounded’

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October 21, 2015

Man reads Italian newspaper in Rome, Oct. 21, claiming Pope Francis has a benign brain tumor. The Vatican spokesman said claims that the pope has a tumor are "entirely unfounded." (CNS photo/Tony Gentile, Reuters) See LOMBARDI-POPE-HEALTH-DENIAL Oct. 21, 2015. EDITORS: For editorial use only.

Man reads Italian newspaper in Rome, Oct. 21, claiming Pope Francis has a benign brain tumor. The Vatican spokesman said claims that the pope has a tumor are “entirely unfounded.” (CNS photo/Tony Gentile, Reuters)

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, Vatican spokesman, said an Italian newspaper’s claims about the pope’s health were “entirely unfounded.”

After checking with the pope himself and other sources, Father Lombardi told reporters “the pope enjoys good health” and that the unsubstantiated news report was “a serious act of irresponsibility, absolutely unjustifiable and unspeakable.”

The “Quotidiano Nazionale” reported Oct. 21 that an unnamed nurse at a clinic in Pisa told the paper that the pope visited the clinic several months ago and that tests revealed a “small dark spot” — “a small brain tumor.”

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