Pope Pardons VatiLeaks Butler

    (FILES) This file picture taken on October 10, 2006 shows Pope Benedict XVI's at the time butler Paolo Gabriele (R) arriving with the pontiff during a weekly general audience at St Peter's square. Pope Benedict XVI's former butler and a Vatican computer technician will go on trial starting September 29, 2012 on charges of leaking secret papers that revealed fraud and intrigue in the Holy See.  AFP PHOTO / FILES / VINCENZO PINTO        (Photo credit should read VINCENZO PINTO/AFP/GettyImages)

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    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.

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