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The Pope visited Paolo Gabriele in prison

· The former gentleman of the chamber’s request for pardon granted, he went home ·

This morning the Holy Father Benedict XVI visited Paolo Gabriele in prison in order to confirm his forgiveness and to inform him personally of his acceptance of 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.

Fr Federico Lombardi, Director of the Holy See Press Office, after reading out the communiqué of the Secretariat of State at a briefing for journalists said that a similar measure is also planned for for Claudio Sciarpelletti — the computer technician sentenced to four months — with a suspension of his punishment.




St. Peter’s Square

Sept. 22, 2019