The Vatican’s chief spokesperson has criticised the media for reporting “misinformation” about the Church.
Father Federico Lombardi said some were trying to profit from a time of disorientation in the Catholic Church to spread “gossip” and “calumny”.
He made the comments on Vatican radio, news agency Ansa reports.
Pope Benedict XVI’s resignation, the first by a pope in nearly 600 years, takes effect on Thursday. His decision surprised many within the Church.