di Marcello Mento
Vatican City, March 4 - A fake bishop managed to sneak into a pre-conclave meeting of cardinals at the Vatican on Monday. The imposter's cassock was shorter than standard, the chain on his crucifix was unusual, and his purple episcopal sash turned out to be a scarf. But he still managed to blend in for some time with the more than 100 cardinals assembled from around the world at the general congregation, which precedes the secret meetings of the conclave to elect a new pope later this month. The phony, reportedly Australian, was eventually identified and kicked out to the visible amusement of journalists nearby.