February 23rd, 2013
11:33 AM ET

Vatican denies rumors as pope prepares to step down

The Vatican sought Saturday to tamp down rumors involving sex, money and gay priests that have been swirling in the Italian media and have been linked by some to Pope Benedict XVI's decision to resign.

The strongly-worded denial came on the eve of the pope's last Angelus blessing, expected to draw huge crowds of the faithful, before he stands down on Thursday.

Vatican Secretary of State Tarcisio Bertone said it was "deplorable" that as the time for the Roman Catholic cardinals to elect a new pope approaches, a rash of "often unverified, unverifiable or completely false news stories" has appeared.

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  1. ..

    Okay. Name one war in the name of atheism. None.

    February 23, 2013 at 8:54 pm | Report abuse |
  2. tvnyc

    All you Atheists people, stop disrespecting.and mocking our religious leaders.

    February 23, 2013 at 9:06 pm | Report abuse |
  3. chrissy

    Or.......maybe hes just retiring because hes old and just plain tired?

    February 23, 2013 at 11:11 pm | Report abuse |
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