Christmas Pardon for Pope’s Valet

Pope Benedict XVI talks with former butler Paolo Gabriele during a private audience at the Vatican

Earlier today, Pope Benedict XVI gave a wonderful gift to his former butler, Paolo Gabriele.  He pardoned him—and he forgave him.Gabriele, you may remember, is the long-time personal valet who was implicated in the Vatileaks scandal when confidential Vatican documents were found in his Vatican City apartment.  Gabrielle was arrested on May 23, 2012, and convicted by a Vatican tribunal on October 6.  He has been serving an 18-month sentence in the Vatican Gendarme police barr … [Read more...]