December 22, 2012. (Romereports.com) (-VIDEO ONLY-) “This morning the Holy Father Benedict XVI visited Paolo Gabriele in prison in order to confirm his forgiveness and communicate in person his decision to grant Mr Gabriele's request for pardon, thereby remitting the sentence passed against the latter,” said the Vatican’s spokesperson in an official statement. This image was released by the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano.
According the Vatican, the pardon “constitutes a paternal gesture towards a person with whom the Pope shared a relationship of daily familiarity for many years”.
The butler has been released from prison and has returned home.
The Holy See Press Office said that "since he cannot resume his previous occupation or continue to live in Vatican City, the Holy See, trusting in his sincere repentance, wishes to offer him the possibility of returning to a serene family life”.