Pope Francis has a brain tumor? Sharp denials amid synod silly season

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The Vatican is denying a report that Pope Francis has a small brain tumor. Photo by Paul Haring, courtesy of Catholic News Service

The Vatican is denying a report that Pope Francis has a small brain tumor. Photo by Paul Haring, courtesy of Catholic News Service

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VATICAN CITY (RNS) The Vatican on Wednesday categorically denied a story from an Italian newspaper that Pope Francis has been diagnosed with a brain tumor, calling the report “unfounded” and “seriously irresponsible.”

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  • Todd Zabel

    Really? A head wound? Imagine that.

  • Marc Buffard

    Il fatto quotidiano- Italian newspaper – says: The Vatican doesn’t have helicopters with its own colors, they fly with Italian Air Force. Although the Vatican has a heliport, the Pope and Vatican officials use Ciampino air base outside the Vatican.
    Lombardi said ” no Japanese doctor had visited the Pope ” and ” no helicopter had landed in the Vatican from the outside ” in January ~ Vatican blasts ” irresponsible” report on pope’s health ~ CBSnews

    On dr-fukushima dot com blog: his photo sitting inside a helicopter, flying from Pisa University to Rome on 28 Jan. (Other photos: shaking hands with Pope Francis in Oct 2014). Jan 28, he spent the night in a monastery adjacent to the Vatican. The next day , he met Vatican officials, he received a 10 000 $ donation and visited the Vatican. Then showed surgery technique at San Filippo Hospital in Rome. No mention of Pope Francis. Jan 30, he was in Naples.

    Fukushima was at the Vatican in January. He landed outside the Vatican.

  • “….the Vatican denial was ‘understandable and expected.”

    We must not be surprised at the disorder in this private club. Nobody is in charge.

    SYNOD – A meeting of an exclusive group of costumed men for purposes of discerning the intentions, desires and agendas of a God whose whereabouts and directives are entirely speculative. They can only invent things out of their heads.

    As anyone in the business world will tell you, meetings are increasingly difficult in the internet age – email, social media, Facebook. Meetings are impossible without Leadership, openness and accountability. All of which God is incapable of.

    Expect more embarrassing displays from other organized religions as the information age decentralizes their power and re-examines their claims.
    Religion never looked so ridiculous.

  • Enzo

    So smug to broadcast rumors about the pope’s brain health at the end of a controversial synod. So innocent 🙂

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