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Police: Pope’s Butler Stole Papers

The pope’s butler faced testimony from Vatican police on Wednesday as he stood trial for allegedly swiping sensitive documents from Pope Benedict. Some of the documents Paolo Gabriele is accused of taking were designated “to be destroyed,” police said. Gabriele has said that he has been mistreated as the Vatican pursues its case against him, and maintained that he leaked the papers to expose corruption among personnel surrounding the pope. “The situation inside the Vatican had become intolerable—not only to me,” Gabriele said in court. “There were many other people who felt the same way as I did.”