“The Pope Has A Brain Tumor. But doctors say it is treatable,” reads the headline of the Italian newspaper, Quotidiano Nazionale. According to the newspaper, a Japanese surgeon, identified as Dr. Takanori Fukushima, looked after Pope Francis.
As per Google translate, the newspaper claimed that they got the scoop from reliable sources. The paper said it had a hard time deciding whether to print the news or whether to make the information public. Staff had a hard time deciding whether publishing the news will violate the pontiff’s privacy, the newspaper said. The management decided to print it because everybody felt that Pope’s right to privacy mattered a little less than the right of the public to be informed. The newspaper further justified its decision, saying that what is true of the heads of state and government “is in our opinion also to the head of the Catholic Church.” In such cases, the disease ceases to be a private matter and become a matter of public interest because of the enormous responsibility that the Pope holds.
Father Federico Lombardi, Director of the Holy See Press Office, denied the report. He said the report was unfounded. In fact, Pope Francis continues to carry out his activities as usual. Lombardi slammed the newspaper report as “extremely irresponsible and not worthy of attention.”
Dr. Fukushima also denied the report. Speaking with CNN, the doctor said he has “never medically examined the Pope. “These stories are completely false,” he said. A separate statement from Lombardi given to CNN said, “No Japanese doctor has visited the Pope in the Vatican and there have been no examinations of the type indicated in the article.”