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Pope's butler on trial for leaking secret Church files

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Pope Benedict’s former butler is on trial in Rome for the theft and leaking of confidential Vatican information.

Paolo Gabriele, who served the pope meals and helped to dress him, was arrested in May after police found confidential documents in his apartment.

He confessed, telling investigators that he saw evil and corruption throughout the organisation and wanted to help root it out.

Many Italians are angry that the leader of the Catholic Church seems unable to trust his inner circle.

“He has done harm by leaking this information, which was private to the church, because there will always be somebody who takes advantage of things”, one man says.
“He has done harm by leaking this information, which was private to the church, because there will always be somebody who takes advantage of things”, one man says.
Another Rome resident says, “In a way the Church could come out strengthened by this in the sense it could gain a new openness, a clear transparency in the hierarchy”.