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    Vatican Finds Ex-Butler Guilty

    Pope Benedict's former butler Paolo Gabriele (C) leaves after the verdict in his trial at the Vatican on October  6, 2012. Paolo Gabriele got 18 months in prison for stealing secret documents from the Vatican that reveal fraud and intrigue in the tiny state.  Presiding judge Giuseppe Dalla Torre gave the ex-butler three years but immediately reduced the sentence to 18 months on the grounds of his past service rendered to the Catholic Church and his apology to the pope for betraying him.  RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE ? MANDATORY CREDIT ?AFP PHOTO/OSSERVATORE ROMANO"        (Photo credit should read -/AFPGettyImages)

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    A Vatican court found Pope Benedict XVI’s former butler guilty Saturday of stealing sensitive documents—but the pope is expected to pardon him. Paolo Gabriele was sentenced to 18 months in prison, half of the three-year sentence requested by the prosecution. The lighter sentence was given because Gabriele had no prior criminal record. The verdict was delivered after two hours of deliberation on the last day of a weeklong trial during which Gabriele claimed he acted out of a “visceral” love for the Roman Catholic Church. He will, for the time being, be under house arrest in the Vatican.

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