Vatican City, Jun 18, 2019 / 10:01 am
Pope Benedict XVI is not dead and did not recently suffer a stroke, the Vatican confirmed on Tuesday.
On Monday, rumors circulated on Twitter and other social media platforms that the Pope Emeritus had suffered a "mild ischemia" - a kind of stroke.
"The rumours are false," Alessandro Gisotti, director ad interim of the Press Office of the Holy See, confirmed to the Catholic Herald on Tuesday.
Archbishop Georg Gänswein, Benedict's personal secretary, called the rumors "fake news," Edward Pentin reported on Twitter.