Pope ex-butler to be moved to jail cell in Vatican

VATICAN CITY Thu Oct 25, 2012 8:50am EDT

Pope Benedict's former butler Paolo Gabriele (C) walks in the court at the Vatican October 6, 2012. REUTERS/Osservatore Romano

Pope Benedict's former butler Paolo Gabriele (C) walks in the court at the Vatican October 6, 2012.

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VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Paolo Gabriele, Pope Benedict's former butler who was convicted this month for stealing papal documents and leaking them to the media, will be moved from house arrest to a Vatican jail cell, the Vatican said on Thursday.

A statement said Gabriele would moved later on Thursday to the Vatican's police station to carry out the rest of his 18-month sentence.

The Vatican said the decision to end house arrest for Gabriele, who has been living with his family in their apartment in the Vatican, was taken after both the defense and the prosecution decided not to appeal the sentence.

It said Gabriele would still be able to appeal to the pope for a pardon, which would free him from jail.

But first he had to recognize the gravity of his crime and "make a sincere request for forgiveness from the Supreme Pontiff and those who were unjustly offended," the statement said.

Gabriele, who was responsible for the most serious security breach in recent Vatican history, was sentenced to 18 months on October 6.

The prosecution had asked for a three-year term but the court gave him a lighter sentence because he had no previous criminal record.

Gabriele, 46, who served the pope his meals and helped him dressed, leaked private documents to the media.

Some of them alleged corruption in the Vatican's business dealings with Italian companies and internal conflict over the running of the Vatican bank.

The Vatican has no jail as such but has cells in the police station inside the tiny city-state.

(Reporting By Philip Pullella; editing by James Mackenzie)

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Comments (2)
quatra wrote:
OMG! Tortured in the Vatican’s dungeons. Heads up Dan Brown. Good title for your upcoming book. Or maybe the butler’s very own book.

Oct 25, 2012 7:38pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
masty wrote:
I applaud the courage or Paolo Gabriele! We need more men and women who actually stand up to what is right and Godly.
Although this is old news that the Vatican is corrupt.
Read “In God’s Name” An Investigation into the Murder of Pope John Paul I is a book by David A. Yallop.

Money laundering, corrupt Vatican scandals and schemes, the worst Italian financial crisis, aiding 3rd world countries with loans to purchase weapons for wars all in the name of making money… masterminded using Vatican resources…
This is just a repeat of what the Vatican has been doing for generations.
They obviously have been compromised and the battle of Good vs. Evil continues…
It’s no wonder even those in the Vatican are uprising and fighting back! How does Good win? By shining the light into the darkness. Evil likes to work in secret, in darkness, and secrecy.

Matt 6:24 “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.

Choose your side…Good or Evil, and with it, your eternal destiny!

Oct 25, 2012 8:23pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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