Conspiracy theories fill Italian media over pope brain tumor story

October 22, 2015
(Writer Dan Brown gestures as he poses during a photocall for the movie "Angels & Demons" at Castel Sant'Angelo in Rome May 3, 2009. After exposing a Church cover-up in "The Da Vinci Code," symbologist Robert Langdon returns to the big screen as an unlikely Vatican ally in the latest movie adaptation of a novel by author Dan Brown. "Angels & Demons," again starring Tom Hanks as Langdon and directed by Ron Howard, premieres in Rome on Monday at a theatre a mile away from Vatican City. REUTERS/Tony Gentile)

(Novelist Dan Brown waves during a photocall for the movie “Angels & Demons” at Castel Sant’Angelo in Rome May 3, 2009.  REUTERS/Tony Gentile)

Vatican condemns report that Pope Francis has brain tumour

October 21, 2015
(Pope Francis leads the weekly audience in Saint Peter's square at the Vatican, October 14, 2015. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini)

(Pope Francis leads the weekly audience in Saint Peter’s square at the Vatican, October 14, 2015. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini)

Pope Francis to make first Africa trip in November amid security concerns

October 20, 2015
(Pope Francis delivers the Urbi et Orbi (to the city and the world) benediction at the end of the Easter Mass in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican April 20, 2014. Pope Francis, in his Easter address before a huge crowd, on Sunday denounced the "immense wastefulness" in the world while many go hungry and called for an end to conflicts in Syria, Ukraine and Africa. REUTERS/Tony Gentile)

(Pope Francis speaks in Saint Peter’s Square at the Vatican April 20, 2014.  REUTERS/Tony Gentile)

Pope Francis says Church can’t be museum, must be open to change

October 6, 2015
(Pope Francis leads the synod on the family in the Synod hall at the Vatican, October 5, 2015. REUTERS/Max Rossi)

(Pope Francis leads the synod on the family in the Synod hall at the Vatican, October 5, 2015. REUTERS/Max Rossi)

Pope of the people, and the politics, in historic U.S. visit

September 28, 2015
(Pope Francis shakes hands with an inmate as he meets with prisoners at Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility in Philadelphia. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst)

(Pope Francis shakes hands with an inmate as he meets with prisoners at Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility in Philadelphia. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst)

In America’s birthplace, Pope Francis gives pep talk to immigrants

September 27, 2015
(Pope Francis rides in the popemoble while making his way to Independence Hall in Philadelphia, September 26 2015. REUTERS/Laurence Kesterson/Pool)

(Pope Francis rides in the popemoble while making his way to Independence Hall in Philadelphia, September 26 2015. REUTERS/Laurence Kesterson/Pool)

At U.N., Pope Francis condemns “boundless thirst” for wealth and power

September 26, 2015
(Pope Francis arrives for a plenary meeting of the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit 2015 at United Nations headquarters in Manhattan, New York, September 25, 2015. Pope Francis on Friday condemned the craving for material gains and power, warning an annual gathering of world leaders at the United Nations that greed is destroying the Earth's resources and aggravating poverty. REUTERS/Mike Segar)

(Pope Francis arrives for a plenary meeting of the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit 2015 at United Nations headquarters in Manhattan, New York, September 25, 2015. REUTERS/Mike Segar)

Addressing Congress, Pope Francis urges U.S. to end hostility toward immigrants

September 25, 2015
(Pope Francis (C) gets a standing ovation as he addresses a joint meeting of the U.S. Congress in the House of Representatives Chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington September 24, 2015. REUTERS/James Lawler Duggan)

(Pope Francis (C) gets a standing ovation as he addresses a joint meeting of the U.S. Congress in Washington September 24, 2015. REUTERS/James Lawler Duggan)

Pope Francis tells U.S. bishops crimes of sexual abuse should not be repeated

September 23, 2015
(Pope Francis speaks to bishops during the midday prayer service at the Cathedral of St. Matthews in Washington September 23, 2015. REUTERS/Mark Wilson/Pool)

(Pope Francis speaks to bishops during the midday prayer service at the Cathedral of St. Matthews in Washington September 23, 2015. REUTERS/Mark Wilson/Pool)

At White House, Pope Francis focuses on environment, poverty and migrants

September 23, 2015
(U.S. President Barack Obama stands with Pope Francis (L) as the pontiff is welcomed to the White House during a ceremony in Washington September 23, 2015. REUTERS/Tony Gentile)

(U.S. President Barack Obama stands with Pope Francis (L) as the pontiff is welcomed to the White House during a ceremony in Washington September 23, 2015. REUTERS/Tony Gentile)