March 3, 2020 / 6:39 AM / a month ago

Pope tests negative for coronavirus, Italy report says

VATICAN CITY, March 3 (Reuters) - Pope Francis, who canceled a Lent retreat for the first time in his papacy because he is suffering from a cold, has tested negative for coronavirus, the Italian newspaper Il Messaggero reported on Tuesday.

Vatican spokesman Matteo Bruni said he had no immediate comment on the report. The 83-year-old Roman Catholic leader, who had part of one lung removed because of an illness decades ago, also canceled most audiences last week. (Reporting Giselda Vagnoni and Philip Pullella)

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