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Pope's butler to stand trial over leaked secret documents

The Vatican announced Monday that Pope Benedict XVI's butler and fellow lay employee will stand trial over the alleged leaking of documents from the Pope's personal residence to an Italian journalist.

OutFront tonight: John Allen, CNN Sr. Vatican Correspondent.

Pope's butler leaked papers to shock 'corrupt' Church, prosecutor says

Pope Benedict XVI's butler will be tried on an aggravated theft charge over the leaking of hundreds of secret papers from the pope's personal apartment to an Italian journalist, a Vatican spokesman said Monday.

The butler, Paolo Gabriele, acted out of a desire to combat "evil and corruption everywhere in the Church," according to a prosecutor in the case.

"I was certain that a shock ... would have been healthy to bring the church back onto the right track," the prosecutor, Nicola Piccardi, wrote in a report released Monday by the Vatican.

A second man, Vatican IT expert Claudio Sciarpelletti, will be charged with aiding Gabriele, according to the Rev. Federico Lombardi, a Vatican spokesman.

Sciarpelletti is not suspected of conspiring with Gabriele, merely assisting him, and is not under arrest, Lombardi said.

The investigation is continuing, said Lombardi, raising the possibility of more arrests.

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