Is there reason to worry about Pope Francis I (86)? A few days ago, a photo of the head of the Roman Catholic Church went viral. In the picture, the native Argentinian is wrapped in a lush down coat. But the snapshot is not real. It was created using artificial intelligence. After this funny news, things are obviously getting serious now pope Francis. He was taken to a hospital.

Matteo Bruni, spokesman for the Holy See, said in an official statement that the pope has been in the Gemelli Clinic in Rome since Wednesday afternoon “for some scheduled examinations”. It was not said exactly what examinations the 86-year-old was undergoing. As a precaution he will pope however, no appointments on Thursday, according to Vatican circles.

In the past there has been repeated speculation about the state of health of the pope. It is said that he suffers from serious health problems. Rumor has it that the Pope could even step down from office. In July last year, however, he denied it in an interview with the Agency Reuters the resignation rumours. “It never crossed my mind. For the moment no”he clarified.