Vatican: "Pope to Die in Nov." Cardinal's Vision Says

February 10, 2012

Vatican City, (AKI) - The Vatican is reportedly investigating an Italian cardinal's prophesy that Pope Benedict XVI will die in November.

Cardinal Paolo Romeo, the archbishop of Sicily's largest city Palermo, in November during a trip in China envisioned Benedict's death., according to a report by the Il Fatto Quotidiano newspaper.

Those privy to Romeo's prediction believed that it could involve the assassination of the pontiff, according to the report. Dario Castrillon Hoyos, a senior Colombian cardinal, in early January delivered an anonymously written memo regarding the vision to Vatican secretary of state Tarcisio Bertone, the Church's second-in-command.

Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi didn't deny the existence of the memo but referred to the memo as "ramblings that aren't taken seriously."

The memo was circulated in German, probably to reduce the danger that it could be understood and leaked.

Castrillon in mid-January personally informed the pope who "jumped out of his seat," according to the daily, known for its scoops and investigative articles.

Romeo also envisoned the successor who would lead the Church upon Benedict's death: Cardinal Angelo Scola, the archbishop of Milan, who would be the first Italian pope in 34 years.








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