Butler admits ‘betraying Pope’s trust’3 October 2012
Vatican police today denied mistreating Pope Benedict XVI's former butler.
In the third session of the Vatican trial of Paolo Gabriele for stealing confidential papal documents, police refuted the defendant's claim yesterday that he had initially been held in a tiny cell and that the lights had been kept on constantly for the first 15-20 days damaging his eyes.
Yesterday Mr Gabriele pleaded not guilty to the charge of aggravated theft, saying: "I declare myself innocent of aggravated theft, but I feel I am guilty of betraying the trust of Holy Father placed in me."
Mr Gabriele said he had photocopied Pope Benedict's personal documents in an effort to expose corruption inside the Vatican. He told the court he loved the Pope "like a son" but feared the 85-year-old was "easy to manipulate" and uninformed about "things he should have known about".
The trial continues.
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