Vatican tried to dampen rumors of resignation reasons Benedict XVI appeared in the Italian press, including sex scandals, banks and gay priests.
Vatican Secretary of State, Tarcisio Bertone, said it was "deplorable" that, at a time when Roman Catholic cardinals must choose a new pope, a series of "articles with completely false information, often unverified or unverifiable ", reports CNN.
Such articles "can cause serious damage to people and institutions," he said, and is an attempt to influence the voting cardinals "public opinion".
Bertone did not talk about the original article appeared in La Repubblica, the largest newspaper in Italy, arguing that the Pope's resignation was caused by a network of homosexuals in the Vatican, which had been blackmailed by external parties. Vatican spokesman, Federico Lombardi, declined to deny or confirm this information.
Pope Benedict XVI will resign on February 28, marking the first time in 600 years when a pope resign from. Benedict explained its decision saying it was too old and sick to function normally.
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