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Vatileaks: Pope Benedict's former butler to go on trial over stolen letters

Vatileaks: Pope Benedict's former butler to go on trial over stolen letters Story from: Image Attribution: Franco Origlia/Getty Images Paolo Gabriele faces up to four years in jail amid claims he stole Pope Benedict XVI's letters and leaked details to Italian mediaA scandalous tale of corruption rivalry and betrayed trust at the Vatican reaches a climax on Saturday when Pope Benedict's butler goes on trial for stealing and leaking the pontiff's private correspondence.Paolo Gabriele 46 who dressed the pope and travelled with him on public occasions faces up to four years in jail after Vatican police discovered piles of stolen letters in his apartment as well as gifts meant for Benedict including a cheque for ‚¬100000 and a gold nugget.Gabriele had leaked the choicest letters to an Italian journalist lifting the lid on accusations of kickbacks paid to win Vatican contracts infighting among cardinals and claims the pope's secretary of state started rumours of homosexuality against a hostile newspaper editor.Placed under custody in a secure room at the Vatican the father of three confessed and claimed he was an agent of the Holy Spirit seeking to expose and root out the "evil and corruption" surrounding his employer.An expert appointed by his lawyer suggested Gabriele was a victim of "restlessness tension rage and frustration". His trial before three lay judges is likely to shed light on the secret world within the world's smallest state.On Saturday morning <b>...</b>
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