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Cardinals' committee gives green light for butler pardon

Pontiff had manifested pardon intention last summer with gift

08 November, 18:58
Cardinals' committee gives green light for butler pardon (ANSA) - Vatican City, November 8 - The committee of cardinals Pope Benedict VXI charged with investigating the Vatileaks case has given its favourable opinion for a papal pardon for Paolo Gabriele, the butler at the centre of the recent document-theft scandal, according to sources close to Garbiele's family.

The pope's former butler, Gabriele, was convicted to one and a half years in prison on October 6 for ''aggravated theft''.

He had stolen and leaked confidential Vatican papers.

The Pope had last summer already manifested his intention to pardon Gabriele, when he sent him an autographed book with a blessing inside.

The book was sent after the pontiff received Gabriele's letter of apology, according to unnamed sources close to Gabriele's family.