Sabato, 22 Settembre 2018

Closing arguments, sentencing for pope's butler Saturday


(ANSA) - Vatican City, October 3 - A Vatican court on
Wednesday adjourned until Saturday the closing arguments and
eventual sentencing of Paolo Gabriele, Pope Benedict XVI's
ex-butler accused of stealing secret Church documents and
leaking them to the press.
On Tuesday Gabriele pled innocent to stealing documents but
admitted to leaking information to the press and said he was not
the only one to do so in recent years.
Gabriele, whom some speculate will be pardoned by the pope,
told the court he thought the pontiff was being manipulated by
the people around him.
Some Vatican watchers have suggested that Gabriele is a
scapegoat and the victim of a power struggle among cardinals.
The leaked documents included letters to the pope and
Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone from the
Holy See's ambassador in Washington, Carlo Maria Vigano, who was
deputy governor of Vatican City at the time they were written.
The letters contained allegations of corruption in the
management of Vatican City.

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