Vatican police testify in trial of pope's butler

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Associated Press

Posted on October 3, 2012 at 8:32 AM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 3 at 9:05 AM

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Vatican police have testified today that they found thousands of documents hidden inside the home of Pope Benedict's former butler. They said they included original documents signed by the pope with indications that they should be destroyed.

The officers testified in the trial of the former butler, Paolo Gabriele (POW'-loh gah-bree-EHL'-eh). He faces four years in prison if convicted of aggravated theft for allegedly stealing papal documents and leaking them.

Prosecutors have said he told them he leaked the documents in order to expose what he called the "evil and corruption" in the church and help put it back on the right path.

Yesterday, Gabriele told the Vatican court that he stands by his confession, and that he betrayed the pope's trust -- but that he still is pleading innocent to the charge of aggravated theft.

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APPHOTO AJM109: Pope Benedict XVI delivers his blessing as he arrives for a weekly general audience in St.Peter's Square at the Vatican, Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini) (3 Oct 2012)

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