Vatican States That Pope's Benign Tumour Rumours Are 'malicious Intent'

The Pope has been the subject of gossip and rumour in the last few days after an Italian newspaper, ‘Quotidiano Nazionale’ (QN) reported that the Pontiff was 'sick'. Allegedly, his malaise is apparently a "small dark spot on the brain", which the article then went on to link to being a small and treatable brain tumour. According to the story of QN, a few months ago at an unspecified time a top Japanese neurosurgeon Dr. Takanori Fukushima, accompanied by his medical team, flew in by helicopter to the Vatican to examine the Pope. Some internet sources claim, though, that the Pope flew out to the clinic of Fukushima at his San Rossore di Barbaricina clinic near Pisa, so the story is already a little cloudy.
The Vatican press office, through their newspaper L’Osservatore Romano, strongly denies these claims as "entirely unfounded, seriously irresponsible and unworthy of attention... and that the Pope enjoys good health and is carrying out his duties normally".
The press office went on to say that there was "malicious intent” behind the story and that it was timed to manipulate the outcome of the three-week long Synod meeting of Bishops and Cardinals, which is just about to come to an end this week and which had been convened by the Pope to discuss ways in which the Catholic Church ought to confront and deal with changes in the modern family generally and homosexuality in particular. It is thought that the rumours of a brain tumour were hatched to undermine the Pope, with his enemies within the Vatican and the wider Catholic Church seeking to weaken his authority and leadership. Surely, it is being said, the Pope could not be trusted to make and/or influence important decisions if his brain is not 100% healthy? It has not helped the situation that the 78 year old Pontiff has predicted his own death within two or three years and has, accordingly, hinted at possibly taking early retirement.
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