Pope pardons butler jailed over Vatican leaks
December 22nd, 2012
08:41 AM ET

Pope pardons butler jailed over Vatican leaks

By Laura Smith-Spark and Saskya Vandoorne, CNN

(CNN) – Pope Benedict XVI has pardoned his former butler, Paolo Gabriele, weeks after he was sentenced to 18 months in prison for leaking the pope's private papers, Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi said,

The pope visited Gabriele in prison "in order to confirm his forgiveness and communicate in person his decision to grant Mr. Gabriele's request for pardon, thereby remitting the sentence passed against the latter," said 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 immediately released and has returned home, the statement said.

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    December 28, 2012 at 11:29 am |
  3. Chester

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    December 24, 2012 at 11:09 am |
  4. the AnViL

    everyone on earth who believes in imaginary men in the sky is delusional.
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    December 24, 2012 at 4:15 am |
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      December 24, 2012 at 11:11 am |
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