Paolo Gabriele (R) in court on 29 September
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Pope ex-butler Paolo Gabriele guilty of theft

Pope Benedict's ex-butler Paolo Gabriele has been found guilty of stealing confidential papers and sentenced to 18 months in jail.

Prosecutors had called for a three-year sentence but it was reduced because of "mitigating circumstances".

Speaking before the verdict, he said he acted out of love for the Church and did not see himself as a thief.

The BBC's Alan Johnston said there would very likely be an appeal, but this had not yet been confirmed by Mr Gabriele's defence counsel.

  • 06 Oct 2012