Vatican butler convicted of Pope Benedict XVI dies

Rome (AP)-The Vatican butler Paolo Gabriele, who was convicted of stealing and leaking the private documents of Pope Benedict XVI in 2012, died. He was 54 years old.

Vatican News, the Holy See media portal, said Gabriele died on Tuesday after a long undisclosed illness.

The Gabriele case launched the first scandal of two “Vatican leaks” scandals, revealing civil war and lawn wars in the Holy See, and allegations of corruption and misconduct at the highest levels of the Catholic Church.

Gabriele was arrested in May 2012 after Vatican police found a “huge” stash of Pope’s documents in his Vatican City apartment he stole from the Pope’s apartment.

Gabriele told Vatican investigators that Benedict was unaware of Vatican’s “evil and corruption” and that public exposure would bring the church back on track, so Italian journalist Gianlizi. He said he had given the document to Nuzzi.

He was convicted by a Vatican court for exacerbated theft and served several months in a Vatican police station with an 18-month sentence before Benedict pardoned him on Christmas 2012.

The Gabriele scandal was believed to have played at least a small role in Benedict’s final decision to resign as Pope two months later. In an obituary notice on Tuesday, Vatican News said Gabriele was part of the Pope’s family, a small and intimate circle of people surrounding the Pope, and his betrayal was felt badly.

After he was released, Gabriele worked in a Vatican children’s hospital.

He is survived by his wife and three children.

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Vatican butler convicted of Pope Benedict XVI dies

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