THE MEDIA CLAIM: ”FRANCIS HAS A TUMOR”. FATHER LOMBARDI:”GROUNDLESS NEWS” The mysterious news about Pope's health exploded during the night, after Quotidiano Nazionale had published a front-page story which revealed the disease that has allegedly struck Bergoglio

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Pope Francis was said to have a brain tumor, “a small dark spot”, but surgery will not be necessary to cure it. This is the opening news published this morning by the Italian Quotidiano Nazionale. It has gone viral on the media and among mastheads very quickly. According to the journalist, a few months ago, a helicopter with yellow-white signs on its side, landed on the helicopter rescue platform of the San Rossore House of Care, in Tuscany, to pick up the professor Takanori Fukushima – who is known worldwide for his research and treatment of brain tumors, aneurysms, and trigeminal neuralgias – as well as some operators of his team. Obviously no confirmation was given by the clinic, where the staff keeps absolute secrecy, even if a nurse – cited by Quotidiano Nazionale, says she saw the results of the examinations and “lit a candle to Madonna in the chapel of the house of care”.

“Spreading groundless news is grossly irresponsible and unworthy of attention. The Pope carries on his intense activity”. This is what has stated the Vatican spokesperson, Father Federico Lombardi, who denied the news about the Pontiff’s disease.

The director of the newspaper, Andrea Cangini, has answered as well: “Denial is perfectly understandable and was expected, we have blocked the news for a long time to make all the necessary checks and we do not have the slightest doubt about its validity”.

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