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    The Vatican on Wednesday firmly denied an Italian newspaper report that Pope Francis has a brain tumor, calling the article "inexcusable and unconscionable," NBC News reported. 

    Quotidiano Nazionale published a front-page story Wednesday headlined "The Pope is Sick." The article alleged the 78-year-old pontiff was diagnosed with "a small dark spot on the brain," which was curable without surgery, according to a translation by Reuters.

    The Vatican has issued a series of denials. On Wednesday, Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi said the pope was "in good health" and called the paper's story as "unfounded information."