VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Benedict XVI granted his former butler a Christmas pardon Saturday, forgiving him in person during a jailhouse meeting for stealing and leaking his private papers in one of the gravest Vatican security breaches in recent times.
15-minute meeting, Paolo Gabriele was freed and returned to his Vatican
City apartment where he lives with his wife and three children. The
Vatican said he couldn't continue living or working in the Vatican, but
said it would find him housing and a job elsewhere soon.
"This is a
paternal gesture toward someone with whom the pope for many years
shared daily life," according to a statement from the Vatican
secretariat of state...