The Vatican described the report on an Italian website as ‘seriously irresponsible’
The Vatican has denied a rumour that Pope Francis has been diagnosed with a brain tumour.
The unsourced story was published last night on the Italian websiteQuotidiano Nazionale, reporting that the tumour was discovered “months ago" and no surgery would be required.
The Vatican described the report as “unfounded" and “seriously irresponsible."
Vatican spokesman, Fr Federico Lombardi said: ““The spread of the totally unfounded news of the health condition of the Holy Father on the part of an Italian news agency is seriously irresponsible and not worthy of attention," said the Reverend Federico Lombardi. “Also, as all can see, the Pope continues to exercise his intense activity without interruption and in an absolutely normal way."
But Andrea Cangini, the editor of Quotidiano Nazionale, or National Daily, has stood by the story saying that the Vatican denial was “understandable and expected."
He said that the editors had debated whether to publish the story but concluded that it was in the public interest to do so.
by Madeleine Teahan