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Cardinals from all around the world have gathered in the Vatican to discuss ‘what sort of Pope the Church needs now’, following the resignation of Benedict XVI.

More than 100 Catholic cardinals began talks in Vatican City on Monday to help identify candidates for the papal position.

French cardinal Andre Vingt-Trois told reporters, “We’re going to take as much time as we need to think about what sort of Pope the Church needs now.”

“I’d be keen to have a polyglot, a man of faith, a man of dialogue… The new Pope will certainly have to confront problems within the Curia,” Vingt-Trois said.

On February 11, Benedict XVI announced his decision to step down since he was no longer able to carry out his duties because of his age. He resigned after nearly eight years in office on February 28.

However, a recent report by the Italian newspaper La Repubblica said Benedict XVI had decided to resign after an internal church investigation informed him about a series of blackmails, grafts and underground gay sex in the Vatican.

The report stated that three cardinals, including the former chief of the Vatican’s secret services, were asked to verify the allegations of financial impropriety, cronyism and corruption brought up by the publication of confidential papal papers in the scandal dubbed “Vatileaks.”

The three cardinals reported their findings to the Pope on December 17, 2012, in an almost 300-page document, which revealed the existence of a “network” of gay prelates in the Vatican and contained “an exact map of the mischief and the bad fish” inside the Holy See, the Italian paper said.

“It was on that day, with those papers on his desk, that Benedict XVI took the decision he had mulled over for so long,” La Repubblica stated.

The Vatican has refused to deny or confirm the report.

In January 2012, a series of the Holy See’s internal documents were leaked to Italian media.

In May 2012, Vatican authorities arrested Paolo Gabriele, Benedict XVI’s butler, on suspicion of being behind the leaks and charged him with 18 months in jail. Gabriele was later pardoned.


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