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Pope's butler sentenced to jail

The absence of the continent's key economic ministers from the summit, where they were due to meet in advance of the formal EU leaders' meeting, raised doubts about the level of crucial detail that will be unveiled in plans that are supposed to safeguard the future of the single currency.
The absence of the continent's key economic ministers from the summit, where they were due to meet in advance of the formal EU leaders' meeting, raised doubts about the level of crucial detail that will be unveiled in plans that are supposed to safeguard the future of the single currency. Kaiser Nelson

THE butler to the most powerful man in the Catholic church, Pope Benedict XVI, has been sentenced to 18 months in jail for leaking confidential Vatican papers.

But after Papal Butler Paolo Gabriele was sentenced, a spokesman for the Pope told BBC Gabriele was "very likely" to be pardoned.

BBC News reported prosecutors in the case against Gabriele argued for a three-year jail term, but the sentence was reduced due to "mitigating circumstances".

Accused of stealing and copying the Pope's documents, Gabriele denied the stealing charges but admitted to copying the documents and providing them to an Italian journalist.

BBC reported Gabriele would serve his sentence under Vatican house arrest while awaiting a Papal pardon.

Topics:  catholic church pope benedict xvi vatican



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