A report ran by an Italian newspaper stating that Pope Francis is suffering from a brain tumor, is being strongly denied by the Vatican.
CNN reports that a Vatican spokesperson, Rev. Federico Lombardi said that he had recently spoken to the pope and referred to him as being “in good health.”
Lombardi went on to say that the article is “inexcusable.” The story made the front page of Quotidiano Nazionale, Wednesday. The story reported that a Japanese neurosurgeon flew via helicopter a few months ago to the Vatican, to examine Pope Francis. He allegedly diagnosed the pope as having a small brain tumor, that could be treated without surgery.
The doctor named was Dr. Takanori Fukushima, a Duke University neurosurgeon who consults at San Rossore di Barbaricina clinic, near Pisa, Italy. The doctor has not been available for comment.
According to Lombardi, no Japanese doctors have visited the pope, nor has he received an exam of that nature. However, pictures from Fukushima’s blog show him in a helicopter, saying he was on the way from Pisa to the Vatican, back in January of this year.
Lombardi reaffirmed that there were no visits of that type to the Vatican in January.
Previously, Pope Francis has been treated for sciatica, for which he undergoes physical therapy at the Vatican. He had a lung partially removed in his youth.
The report comes at a time where the Vatican is preparing for a huge meeting through Sunday. Over 270 bishops are meeting to debate changes regarding the church views on family issues. A number of bishops have criticized the pope, saying that church teaching should not change to accommodate family life cannot and should not change.