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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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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Pope’s butler charges mistreatment in Vatican jail

VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Benedict XVI's former butler said he was held for weeks in a cell where he couldn't “even stretch his arms'' and where his light was kept constantly on. Paolo Gabriele pleaded not guilty to stealing the pope's private papers, but said he had betrayed the pope's trust. By Alessandro Speciale.

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Lawyer for pope’s accused butler quits

VATICAN CITY (RNS) A lawyer for Pope Benedict XVI's former butler announced on Thursday (Aug. 30) that he was resigning over differences in defense strategy with his client. By Alessandro Speciale.

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Separating fact from fiction in Vatican leaks case

VATICAN CITY (RNS) For the past four months, the Vatican has been in turmoil over the publication of several internal memos in the Italian press and in a bestselling book. The case led to the unprecedented arrest of the pope's butler, but is it possible to distinguish fact from fiction in this not-so-holy whodunit? By Alessandro Speciale.

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