Fake bishop at Vatican: A man posing as a bishop was run out of a Vatican conference after guards noticed something suspicious about him.
A man impersonating as a bishop snuck into the Vatican on Monday during a meeting between cardinals to discuss the election of the next Pope.
Ralph Napierski, a German man, donned fake ecclesiastical robes and was pictured with high-level cardinals who came for the College of Cardinals meeting, reported Sky News. Napierski was photographed outside of the Vatican’s Pope Paul VI hall with several other priests who are also believed to be fake.
Swiss Guards ran him out after they noticed that he had on a short cassock and an odd crucifix, reported The Sun. He was able to avoid the Vatican’s security measures and got into the conference for a time.
He also wore a black fedora hat, whereas the other cardinals wore red caps.
Napierski told reporters that his name was “Basilius” and said he was a member of the Italian Orthodox Church, which is not real, according to the paper.
A spokesman with the Vatican, Father Federico Lombardi, told Sky he was not aware of any imposters getting in the Vatican conference.
“I’m not aware of this at all—I was inside the hall and all those inside were real cardinals,” he said.
According to the Daily Telegraph, Napierski’s website says that he practices “a system to enable persons to control computers with the power of thoughts.”
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