Ex-papal butler spared jail

Pope Benedict's former butler, Paolo Gabriele, will serve his sentence under house arrest in his Vatican apartment while awaiting a possible papal pardon, his lawyer said.

Cristiana Arru said the Vatican's promoter of justice, or prosecutor, had agreed to the conditions after a court handed down a sentence of 18 months. Otherwise, Gabriele would have had to go to an Italian jail since the Vatican has no such facility.

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Vatican computer expert guilty

A Vatican computer expert has been found guilty of obstruction of justice in the investigation of leaks of sensitive papal documents. Claudio Sciarpelletti was given a two-month suspended sentence by the Vatican court.