Paolo Gabriele in court
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Pope Benedict's former butler convicted of theft

Pope Benedict's former butler Paolo Gabriele has been found guilty of stealing confidential papers from him and sentenced to 18 months in jail.

Prosecutors had called for a three-year sentence but it was reduced because of "mitigating circumstances".

Ahead of the verdict, Gabriele said he acted out of love for the Church and did not see himself as a thief. He had denied the theft charge but admitted photocopying documents and "betraying the Holy Father's trust".

Alan Johnston reports from Rome.

  • 06 Oct 2012
  • From the section Europe
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