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Italian bishops' conference congratulates the wrong cardinal after conclave

Catholic World News - March 14, 2013

Officials of the Italian bishops’ conference were embarrassed on March 13 when they sent a congratulatory email message to Cardinal Angelo Scola, falsely believing that he had been elected as Pope.

Cardinal Scola had been regarded as the most likely papabile entering the conclave. The Italian episcopal conference evidently jumped to the conclusion that the early decision by the cardinal-electors meant that the prelate from Milan had been chosen.

When alerted to the error, the Italian bishops’ conference quickly sent a congratulatory message to Pope Francis.

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