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Pope visits jailed butler to grant pre-Christmas pardon

Pope Benedict XVI (L) talks with former butler Paolo Gabriele during a private audience at the Vatican December 22, 2012. Pope Benedict has pardoned Gabriele, his former butler who was convicted in October of leaking sensitive documents that alleged corruption in the Holy See, the Vatican said on Saturday. REUTERS/Osservatore Romano

Pope Benedict XVI (L) talks with former butler Paolo Gabriele during a private audience at the Vatican December 22, 2012. Pope Benedict has pardoned Gabriele, his former butler who was convicted in October of leaking sensitive documents that alleged...more

Pope Benedict XVI (L) talks with former butler Paolo Gabriele during a private audience at the Vatican December 22, 2012. Pope Benedict has pardoned Gabriele, his former butler who was convicted in October of leaking sensitive documents that alleged corruption in the Holy See, the Vatican said on Saturday. REUTERS/Osservatore Romano
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Pope Benedict XVI attends Christmas greetings with the Roman curia at the Clementine hall at the Vatican December 21, 2012. REUTERS/Alessandra Tarantino/Pool

Pope Benedict XVI attends Christmas greetings with the Roman curia at the Clementine hall at the Vatican December 21, 2012. REUTERS/Alessandra Tarantino/Pool

Pope Benedict XVI attends Christmas greetings with the Roman curia at the Clementine hall at the Vatican December 21, 2012. REUTERS/Alessandra Tarantino/Pool
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