Sabato, 22 Settembre 2018
ROME

Pope's ex-butler 'surprised' but not 'amazed' by resignation

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Rome, February 13 - The disgraced ex-butler of Pope
Benedict XVI said he was "surprised" but not "amazed" by the
Pope's decision to resign, sources say.
Paolo Gabriele, convicted of leaking papal secrets, has
told friends that the Pope's decision to step down as of
February 28 may have stunned the world, but was not so shocking
to him, sources have told ANSA.
Gabriele, who was pardoned by the Pope and is now working
as a clerk at St Paul's hospital in Rome, was not speaking to
reporters this week beyond saying hello to watching cameras.
But friends say that he was aware of renovations at the
monastery Mater Ecclesiae, where the Pope will retire next
month, but assumed they were for a senior cleric.
There have been suggestions that the Pope's deep
disappointment in Gabriele for his betrayal was part of the
reason for his ill health and decision to step down at age 85.
Gabriele was sentenced to 18 months in jail last year after
he leaked confidential Vatican memos suggesting corruption and
intrigue within the Holy See, which were later published in a
book.
After he wrote a letter to the Pope begging forgiveness, he
received a full pardon.
Gabriele also said that he was "disappointed" by the Pope's
resignation and that he has "always been very close to the
Pope".
Gabriele has told them that he regrets what he did, blaming
some kind of "delirium" that took him over when he took papal
documents, photocopied and leaked them.

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