Pope’s butler facing 18 months in Vatican jail

VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Benedict's former butler could serve time in a Vatican jail, unless the pope pardons him in the next few days, according to the full text of his conviction sentence in the Vatileaks trial. By Alessandro Speciale.

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Vatican opens new exhibit of papal cars

VATICAN CITY (RNS) From horse-drawn carriages to electric cars, a new permanent exhibition at the Vatican Museums chronicles the history of papal transport, including the car Pope John Paul II was riding in when he was shot in 1981. By Alessandro Speciale.

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Butler scandal shines unwelcome spotlight on Vatican police

VATICAN CITY (RNS) The Vatican police, known as the Gendarmeria, has come into the spotlight in the so-called Vatileaks trial, and not just for the alleged abuse against Pope Benedict's former butler. Founded only in 1971, its role has grown significantly in the Vatican in recent years. By Alessandro Speciale.

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