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Pope Francis has not been infected with the coronavirus

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — Pope Francis, who last week canceled his participation in the Lenten retreat for the first time in his pontificate, was not infected with the new coronavirus, Italian newspaper Il Messaggero reported on Tuesday.

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The Lenten retreat was scheduled for Sunday to Friday in Ariccia, south of Rome, and the Vatican had justified the absence of the bishop of Rome with a cold, leaving some observers to assume that he may have been infected with the coronavirus.

The diagnosis made on the pope was however negative, says Il d’Il Messaggero.

Contacted on Tuesday, Vatican spokesperson Matteo Bruni said he had no comments to make on the article.

Italy is the main focus in Europe for the new coronavirus epidemic.

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