The Vatican is denying an Italian newspaper report that Pope Francis has a benign brain tumour, saying the 78-year-old pontiff is in good health.
"No Japanese doctor has been to the Vatican to visit the Pope. There have been no examinations such as those written about in the article.
"The offices responsible, have confirmed to me, there were no helicopter flights into the Vatican from outside, even in the month of January. Unless they were ghosts, they weren't seen.
"I reiterate that the publication of this false information is a grave act of irresponsibility, absolutely inexcusable and unconscionable," Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi said.