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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Papal Palsy Hinted

VATICAN CITY () -- Now that Pope John Paul has undergone a successful appendectomy, Vatican officials are privately debating if, when, and who should disclose what is causing his left hand to tremble violently and uncontrollably.

In the past few weeks, the Vatican has not denied a string of media reports that the 76-year-old Pontiff may be suffering from Parkinson's disease or a related neurological disorder.

At a news conference last Tuesday following the operation, Professor Francesco Crucitti, the chief surgeon, sidestepped a barrage of questions about whether the Pope has Parkinson's or a related "extrapyramidal" neurological disorder. But he indirectly acknowledged that a problem existed and that the Pope was being treated.