Vatican police claim butler stole documents Pope wanted destroyed4 October 2012
Vatican police found original documents signed by Pope Benedict XVI and marked in his hand "To be destroyed," a court heard yesterday.
Four Vatican gendarmes took to the witness stand yesterday in the trial of the Pope's former butler, Paolo Gabriele, for aggravated theft.
One, Inspector Silvano Carli, said Mr Gabriele had stored "an infinity of documents" in the Vatican City apartment he shared with his wife and children.
The highly sensitive documents were sent from the Vatican Secretariat of State to papal nuncios around the world.
Gabriele has admitted to having photocopied papers in the papal apartment, but if yesterday's testimonies are accepted as true, they constitute proof that he did commit aggravated theft.
The trial continues.
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