Pope Benedict’s former butler will serve his 18 month sentence under house arrest as he awaits a possible papal pardon, according to his lawyer.
Paolo Gabriele was jailed on Saturday after being found guilty of stealing sensitive Vatican documents.
Gabriele was arrested in May after the publication of a controversial book about the Vatican.
He was accused of stealing and copying thousands of the Pope’s private dossiers and leaking them to an Italian journalist.
President of the Vatican tribunal Giuseppe dalla Torre explained how judges reached their verdict: