Ralph Napierski (left), shakes hands with Cardinal Sergio Sebiastiana (center) as he poses for photos and later joined him in a key meeting Monday before he was booted by the Swiss Guards.
His cassock was several inches too short, his sash was the wrong color and, instead of a skullcap, he wore a fedora.
Ralph Napierski, a self-appointed German ”bishop” from the apparently made-up Corpus Dei order, somehow managed to get through a manned Vatican checkpoint and mingle with Cardinals as they gathered for a meeting in preparation to elect a new Pope.
He milled around the area outside the Paul VI Hall, where a meeting to determine the date of the conclave to elect the next Pope was due to take place, for around half an hour, reports USA Today.
He gave his name as “Basilius” and claimed to be a member of the nonexistent “Italian Orthodox Church.”