Vatican Rocked by Alleged Plot to Kill the Pope

Pope Benedict XVI waves as he arrives for his weekly general audience on February 8, 2012 at Paul VI hall at the Vatican. Photo: Alberto Pizzoli/AFP/Getty Images

Like something out of The Borgias, the Italian and German press have uncovered a letter detailing private remarks Cardinal Paulo Romeo of Palermo made last November that Pope Benedict XVI had but twelve months to live (raising cries of a conspiracy to assassinate the Pope), that Milan's archbishop would be his likely successor, and that the Holy See's Secretary of State had fallen out of favor (a sign of a power struggle within the Vatican). [Telegraph UK]