VATICAN CITY – 22 December 2012 – A pardon has been granted by Pope Benedict XVI to his former butler Paolo Gabriele. 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.
This constitutes a paternal gesture towards a person with whom the Pope shared a relationship of daily familiarity for many years.
“Mr Gabriele was subsequently released from prison and has returned home. 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”.