Trial date set for Pope's ex-butler

  • Pope Benedict XVI's former butler is to go on trial next week in the Vatican City on charges of aggravated theft.

    Paolo Gabriele has already admitted to leaking confidential documents to the Italian media.

    He will stand trial on September 29 alongside computer technician Claudio Sciarpelletti, who is accused of aiding and abetting a crime.

    Gabriele was charged in May after a series of leaks, nicknamed “Vatileaks”, exposed alleged corruption, cronyism and internal conflict within the Holy See.

    The 46-year-old is expected to argue that he was inspired by the Holy Spirit to expose "evil and corruption" in the Church.

    If convicted, he could face up to six years in prison. He will likely serve time in an Italian prison due to an agreement between Italy and the Vatican.