The Vatican City is preparing for the start of one of the most sensational trial in decades, with Pope Benedict's former butler set to face court this morning on charges of aggravated theft.
Paolo Gabriele, 46, is accused of stealing the pontiff's personal papers and leaking them to the media in what he says was an attempt to clean up corruption at the headquarters of the Roman Catholic Church.
A three-judge panel will decide his fate in the Vatican's little-used tribunal.
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