Religion: Red Hats

Vatican City has always been a rookery of rumors; the highest-flying ones these days have to do with the next consistory. During recent months the Pope has been variously reported to be 1) planning to call his third consistory this winter or spring, 2) unwilling to call a consistory because of a prophecy (by Mystic Therese Neumann) that he will die after his third, 3) working on a reorganization of the Sacred College of Cardinals that would increase its membership from 70 to 90.

Well-informed Vaticaners know that it is extremely unlikely that the...

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