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Vatileaks: Pope's butler may get a temporary release

2012-05-30

Benedict XVI
"Here has been increasing conjecture, amplified by the communications media, which is entirely gratuitous, goes beyond the facts and presents a completely unrealistic image of the Holy See.”

There has also been different reactions by those inside the Vatican. The Deputy Secretary of State, or the 'Vatican's number three', Monsignor Angelo Becciu, gave an interview to the newspaper L'Osservatore Romano. While the Vatican spokesman said the sentence was emphatic. 

Fr. Federico Lombardi
Vatican Spokesman
"In the interview, the Deputy Secretary of State made a very strong condemnation with decisive words like that I use with you. He spoke about the gravity of charges and condemned the acts. He rejects the idea that this comes from a positive desire for purification.”

The Vatican continues to give updates on the pope's butler, Paolo Gabriele and the status of his arrest for possession of confidential documents. Lombardi says a formal interrogation is being prepared with Gabriele's two lawyers, which will likely begin next week. It's considered likely that his lawyers will ask for a temporary release.

Fr. Federico Lombardi
Vatican Spokesman
"For right now he's being held, pending the first interrogation. I wouldn't be surprised if after the lawyers made a presentation about it. As for how the judge will proceed after, we don't know.”

Spokesman Lombardi also noted that Paolo Gabriele's was willing to cooperate. For now, they're continuing to analyze the documents found at Gabrieles home before they begin the interrogation.


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