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Pope resignation linked to gay Vatican officials inquiry

Italian newspaper La Repubblica has published a report linking Pope Benedict XVI's resignation to a Vatican scandal involving gay prelates and blackmail. Flagging the report this morning, the Guardian noted:

The paper said the pope had taken the decision on 17 December that he was going to resign – the day he received a dossier compiled by three cardinals delegated to look into the so-called "Vatileaks" affair...