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Impostor! Fake Bishop Sneaks Into Vatican VINCENZO PINTO / AFP

Fake Bishop Sneaks Into Vatican

There’s quite the crack security team over at the popeapalooza. A man pretending to be a bishop managed to sneak past Vatican security Monday, took a photo with the real Italian Cardinal Sergio Sebastiani, and attempted to infiltrate pope talks with his entourage of fake clerics before being stopped by another security team outside the Sistine Chapel. The impostor, identified as Ralph Napierski, was a German man who claimed to be part of the nonexistent Catholic group Corpus Dei. Napierski’s giveaway? A shoddy costume—his cassock was much too short, his purple sash was clearly a winter scarf, and instead of a clergy’s scullcap he wore a black fedora.

March 5, 2013 10:27 AM