I am able to confirm that the Pope is in good health.
I reiterate that the publication of this false information is a grave act of irresponsibility, absolutely inexcusable and unconscionable. It would be equally unjustifiable to continue to fuel similarly unfounded information. It is hoped, therefore, that this matter be closed immediately.
UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE! I am beginning to wonder if someone at AP read my skepticism about the pope traveling undetected to Pisa for a check-up because now they have updated their story to indicate the doctor took a helicopter to Rome to diagnose the pope and it has some other juicy details and snarky remarks at the end. So at the end of the original post by AP, I post their revised and more detailed story. Be sure to read it! Interesting, very interesting!
I think it had to do with the pace of His Holiness trip to the USA and how well Pope Francis did with that crueling trip. However when I heard it I had this clairvoyant feeling of how odd for Cardinal Dolan to say this.
Later, though, I did read somewhere that Pope Francis himself stated that he was "tired" after the trip to the USA. Again I had this clairvoyant feeling that the Holy Father was indicating something more than just being tired. But who wouldn't be.
Are these just hints at the following truth below denied now by the Vatican, a sure sign it is true? Although I do find it implausible that the Holy Father would travel to Pisa undetected for a check-up by a famous doctor there. One would think the doctor would go to the pope.
As always, I pray for the Holy Father everyday and of course during the Eucharistic Prayer of every Mass. I ask for your prayers as well.
VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican is denying a report in an Italian newspaper that Pope Francis has a small, curable brain tumor.
The Vatican spokesman, the Rev. Federico Lombardi, said the report Wednesday in the National Daily was "unfounded and seriously irresponsible."
"The pope is carrying out as always with his intense activities," Lombardi said in a statement.
Citing unnamed sources, the newspaper said the pope had traveled to the San Rossore di Barbaricina clinic near Pisa in recent months to see a Japanese specialist, Dr. Takanori Fukushima. The newspaper said the doctor determined that the small dark spot on Francis' brain could be cured without surgery.
The newspaper's editor, Andrea Cangini, said it expected Lombardi's denial but stood by its story.
AP'S UPDATED VERSION!!!!!:
VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican on Wednesday categorically denied a report in an Italian newspaper that Pope Francis has a small, curable brain tumor, saying he is in good health and that his head is "absolutely perfect."
Citing unnamed nursing sources, the National Daily said the 78-year-old pope had traveled by helicopter to the San Rossore di Barbaricina clinic near Pisa in recent months to see a Japanese brain cancer specialist, Dr. Takanori Fukishima. The newspaper said the doctor determined that the small dark spot on Francis' brain could be treated without surgery.
In subsequent versions, the paper reported that Fukishima had instead come to the Vatican to see the pope in a Vatican helicopter. The ANSA news agency, citing unnamed sources in Pisa, said the trip was in January and that Fukishima had traveled by helicopter to the Vatican to diagnose the pope.
Lombardi categorically denied the reports to reporters Wednesday, and said he was doing so after having spoken to the pope himself about them. He said no Japanese doctor had visited the pope, no tests of the type described in the paper had been performed and that no helicopters had landed in the Vatican from the outside.
"I can confirm that the pope is in good health," Lombardi said. "If you were in the piazza this morning you would have seen that as well. And if you go on the trips with him, you know he has a small problem with his legs, but his head is absolutely perfect." (MY COMMENT, ONLY AN ITALIAN COULD PUT IT THIS WAY!)
The newspaper's editor, Andrea Cangini, said it stood by its story. Subsequent versions of the report said Fukushima had traveled to the Vatican by helicopter and was seen returning to the Pisa clinic in the Vatican's chopper.
The hospital's director didn't respond immediately to a request for comment.
Cangini said the paper had deliberated a long time before publishing the news, which it said it had confirmed months ago.
The publication, however, comes at a delicate time for Francis, in the final days of his hotly contested synod on the family, which has shown a split among conservative and liberal bishops over how to convey the church's teachings on marriage, sex, homosexuality and other issues.
Several conservative bishops and cardinals have complained that the synod, which Francis called, is creating confusion and "anxiety" about the church's teachings.