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NBC Hypes Unfounded Rumors of 'Vatican Intrigue' Surrounding Pope's Abdication

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<p>At the top of Tuesday's NBC <em>Today</em>, co-host Savannah Guthrie suggested ulterior motives behind Pope Benedict XIV's abdication: "Vatican intrigue. Is there more to Pope Benedict's sudden decision to step down?" In the report that followed, chief foreign correspondent Richard Engel insinuated something more: "Although there's no evidence to suggest a motive, other than old age, the Pope's unusual departure has left some wondering." </p>