Pope Francis is being investigated for a sexual abuse allegation against him, according to a new report from The Associated Press.
The AP says the Vatican was notifying U.S. authorities that it had launched an investigation.
A Vatican statement released Thursday said it was aware of the AP report and would not comment on it.
The Vatican said in a statement that it was “aware of the report, which we will examine with the concerned authorities.”
The AP reported that an unnamed U.K. man told AP that he was molested as a boy by the pontiff in the 1960s.
The man, who was not identified, said the pontiffs then-spokesman, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, encouraged him to come forward in the late 1970s when he was in his early 20s.
Parolin resigned from his post in 2014 after being charged with abuse of minors.
The New York Times reported that in a private meeting in 2009, then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger told a young boy he would be “a saint” if he would cooperate with authorities.
Ratzingers lawyer, Joseph Calabrese, has said the cardinal is innocent of any wrongdoing.
A statement from the Vatican said the pope’s family is cooperating fully with the investigation.
It added that Ratzings “emotional needs have been fully met and no questions have been raised.”
The Associated Statesman reported that the Vatican is investigating two men who have accused Ratzers wife, Sister Lucia, of sexual abuse, but has not yet named them.
The two men said they were abused by Cardinal Ratzans family while they were young and that they were never brought to justice.
They have told the AP they have been denied access to evidence.
The Associated PRESS contributed to this report.