Pope Pardons VatiLeaks Butler

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Pope Benedict XVI and Paolo Gabriele, right, photographed in Vatican City in 2006.

It's a Christmas miracle. Pope Benedict XVI pardoned his former butler, Paolo Gabriele, on Saturday, wishing to "offer him the possibility of returning to a serene family life." Gabirele was sentenced in October to 18 months in prison over the "Vatileaks" scandal after he divulged the pope's private papers to the press. After the pope visited on Saturday to pardon him in person, he was sent immediately home. The pope also named Rev. Robert W. Oliver, who handled the sex abuse scandal under Cardinal Bernard Law in Boston, as the new sex crimes prosecutor.