Fakery can now be added to the list of untoward and inappropriate things that cardinals have been accused of lately.
A man, reported to be an Italian, attempted to sneak into a highly secret meeting at the Vatican on Monday, dressed in what appeared to be ecclesiastical robes, reports AFP.
He told reporters he was called "Basilius" and that he was a member of the (non-existent) "Italian Orthodox Church", mingling with the other (real) cardinals.
The fake cardinal, left, passed himself off as real for some time
The general congregation of cardinals was meeting ahead of the Conclave to elect a new Pope next month.
Fr. Federico Lombardy, the Vatican spokesman said: "All I can say is that everyone seated for the congregation is a real cardinal."