Martedì, 23 Ottobre 2018
VATICAN CITY

Pope set to pardon former butler

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(ANSA) - Vatican City, October 8 - Pope Benedict XVI is set
to pardon his former butler Paolo Gabriele, who was sentenced to
18 months in prison on Saturday for stealing confidential Church
documents.
Gabriele was found guilty of stealing and copying the
pope's papers and leaking them to an Italian journalist,
sparking the so-called VatiLeaks furore.
Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi said the pope
had the power to pardon Gabriele and was "very likely" to use it
after the sentence was announced.
Prosecutors had called for a three-year sentence but the
Vatican court opted to give Gabriele half that term because he
had no criminal record and there were "mitigating
circumstances".
Gabriele had pleaded 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.
He said that he acted out of love for the Catholic Church
and thought the pontiff was being manipulated by some people
around him.
Some Vatican watchers have suggested that Gabriele is a
scapegoat and the victim of a power struggle among cardinals.
Gabriele, however, told the court last week that he had no
accomplices.
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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