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December 22, 2012
Paolo Gabriele, the former butler of Pope Benedict XVI who was sentenced to 18 months in prison for leaking his boss’ private documents, has reason to be happy today — he’s the beneficiary of a papal pardon. Pope Benedict visited him in prison today, to communicate the pardon in person. From a Vatican statement: "This constitutes a paternal gesture toward a person with whom the Pope shared a relationship of daily familiarity for many years." Gabriele was reportedly released immediately, and has returned home. source  

Paolo Gabriele, the former butler of Pope Benedict XVI who was sentenced to 18 months in prison for leaking his boss’ private documents, has reason to be happy today — he’s the beneficiary of a papal pardon. Pope Benedict visited him in prison today, to communicate the pardon in person. From a Vatican statement: "This constitutes a paternal gesture toward a person with whom the Pope shared a relationship of daily familiarity for many years." Gabriele was reportedly released immediately, and has returned home. source  

18:42 // 1 year ago
October 6, 2012

Pope’s butler sentenced in leaks case, will likely get pardon

  • 18 months in jail in high-profile case where the butler, Paolo Gabriele, allegedly leaked sensitive information about the Vatican to a journalist who wrote a tell-all book; the sentence was cut down from three years due to Gabriele’s public recognition he had done the pope wrong.
  • very the likelihood that Pope Benedict will offer Gabriele a pardon; he served the pope’s needs for six years prior to the leak. source
12:34 // 1 year ago
August 13, 2012
Vatican butler saga continues: After months of speculation about the fate of the the butler who allegedly leaked Pope Benedict XVI’s documents to the media, Paolo Gabriele (front) has been charged with ”aggravated theft,” along with an accomplice, analyst and programmer Claudio Sciarpelletti. Gabriele spent 53 days in a Vatican jail, then time under house arrest, before being charged. (photo by EPA)

Vatican butler saga continues: After months of speculation about the fate of the the butler who allegedly leaked Pope Benedict XVI’s documents to the media, Paolo Gabriele (front) has been charged with ”aggravated theft,” along with an accomplice, analyst and programmer Claudio Sciarpelletti. Gabriele spent 53 days in a Vatican jail, then time under house arrest, before being charged. (photo by EPA)

7:34 // 1 year ago
May 26, 2012
14:35 // 2 years ago