Reconciliation on his deathbed

Reconciliation on his deathbed

Archive image: Pope Benedict XVI. and his former valet Paolo Gabriele, 2012 © CBA

Benedict XVI. Reconciled with the "mole" in the Vatileaks scandal, Paolo Gabriele, shortly before his death. A Vatican court had found Gabriele guilty in 2012 of stealing documents and leaking them to the media.

Archbishop Georg Ganswein confirmed a corresponding note of the magazine "Vatican Magazin" (December ie). According to the report, Ganswein visited as Benedict XVI's private secretary. the former valet de chambre, who was seriously ill, at the end of November and brought him greetings and blessings from the pope emeritus. Ganswein also gave 54-year-old Gabriele the anointing of the sick in the company of his family.

Gabriele was on 24. November died after a long illness. He became known in 2011 as a key figure in an affair involving published secret documents that fueled suspicions of corruption, cronyism and homosexual rope-a-dope in the Curia.

A Vatican court found Gabriele guilty in October 2012 of removing the papers in question from the apartment of his employer, Benedict XVI, over a period of months. and passed on to the media. Whether he acted alone, is doubtful until today. Just before Christmas of the same year, Benedict XVI pardoned him. and released him from the remainder of his 18-month prison sentence. Gabriele subsequently found work at a branch of the papal children's hospital Bambino Gesu.

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