Pope’s ex-butler has new job


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VERDICT OUT. The Pope's butler, Paolo Gabriele, is sentenced to 18 months in prison. File photo from AFP

The Pope’s former butler Paolo Gabriele, who served jail time for leaking secret papers, has been offered a job at a Vatican hospital in Rome, religious media sources have said. Gabriele, who served less than three months of an 18-month prison sentence for stealing secret papal memos, was pardoned by Pope Benedict XVI in December but banished from the Vatican. According to the German Catholic press agency KNA and the Vatican news agency i.media, Gabriele has been offered a job at the Vatican’s “Bambino Gesu” hospital in the Italian capital, though it is not yet clear what his role there would be. Observers say the Vatican has been looking for a way — such as a Vatican contract — to keep Gabriele from speaking out about the leaks episode. 

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