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LA STAMPA, GAZZETTA DEL SUD (Italy)

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VATICAN CITY- The countdown to the conclave is on, and everyone seem to wants in on the action. Indeed one man dressed up as a bishop and headed to the Paul VI auditorium on Monday where the cardinals were meeting to discuss the date for the upcoming conclave, says La Stampa.

Andrés Beltramo Alvarez / Andrea Tornielli via La Stampa

Named as Ralph Napierski, the “bishop” donned a cassock that was too short, a bejewelled necklace that was fake, and black sneakers. As well as that, his purple sash turned out to be a scarf. Gazzetta del Sud reports that the man is Australian.

Andrés Beltramo Alvarez / Andrea Tornielli via La Stampa

He successfully managed to sneak into the Vatican this morning and mingle with the 100+ cardinals before being hauled out. The man told reporters his name was "Basilius" and he was a member of “Corpus Dei” and the "Italian Orthodox Church", which does not exist.

Andrés Beltramo Alvarez / Andrea Tornielli via La Stampa

Before he was discovered, the "bishop" told reporters that Catholic bishops had "made a mistake by moving priests" who were accused of pedophilia around different parishes.

Andrés Beltramo Alvarez / Andrea Tornielli via La Stampa


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