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    Pope’s Butler Heads to Trial

    In this photo released by the Vatican paper L'Osservatore Romano, pope's butler Paolo Gabriele, right, sits in the wood-trimmed courtroom of the Vatican tribunal, at the Vatican, Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012. The Vatican opened the public trial Saturday of the pope's butler for allegedly stealing and leaking papal correspondence to a journalist, the most embarrassing scandal of Pope Benedict XVI's papacy. Paolo Gabriele, a 46-year-old father of three, faces up to four years in prison if he is convicted of aggravated theft in the worst security breach in the Vatican's recent history. He has already confessed, saying he acted to shed light on what he called "evil and corruption" in the church, and asked to be pardoned by the pope, something Vatican watchers say is a given if he is convicted. (AP Photo/L'Osservatore Romano)

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    One of the biggest embarrassments of the current papacy is heading to court. On Saturday, the Vatican opened to the public the trial of the pope’s butler, who is accused of leaking papal correspondence to news outlets. In the first day, judges threw out some evidence and decided to try the butler's partner in crime separately before quickly adjourning until Tuesday. The trusted servant, who dressed the pontiff each morning and served him his meals, has already confessed, saying he leaked the documents to expose the Holy See’s “evil and corruption,” but he hopes for a pardon from his former boss. Experts say that’s a given if he is convicted, but he still faces up to four years in jail.

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