Vatican City, Feb. 25, 2013
The Holy See, headed by Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, decried the use of false news stories as a means to influence the upcoming conclave.
In a communique he stated that throughout history Cardinals have faced pressures in order to base decisions on "political or worldly logic".
He stated "It is deplorable that as we draw closer to the the of the beginning of the Conclave and the Cardinal electors will be held in conscience and before God, to freely indicate their choice that there be a widespread distribution of often unverified or completely false news stories, that cause serious damage to persons and institutions."
The communique is in response to the many false news stories which have been circulating throughout newspapers in Italy, speculating on the reasons for the Popes resignation and speculating on scandals.
The statement concluded by requesting that Catholics focus on what is most important, praying for Pope Benedict, praying, that the Holy Spirit enlighten the College of Cardinals, praying for the future Pope, confident that the fate of the ship of Peter is in the hands of God."
Source: Zenit News Agency