Cardinals' committee gives green light for butler pardon
Pontiff had manifested pardon intention last summer with gift08 November, 18:58
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.