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 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."