ITALY, Vatican City, Sept. 28 (UPI) -- A former butler of Pope Benedict XVI goes on trial Saturday on charges he stole the pontiff's private papers and leaked the contents to the Italian news media.
Paolo Gabriele, 46, confessed to the crimes, saying he was an agent of the Holy Spirit who wanted to expose "evil and corruption" inside the Vatican, Britain's Guardian reported.
The leaked correspondence included accusations of kickbacks on Vatican contracts, internal struggles between cardinals and claims that a high Vatican official started rumors that a newspaper editor was gay.
A small group of journalists will be allowed into the Vatican court where three judges will conduct the trial on their day off from the Italian judicial system.
Standing trial with Gabriele will be Claudio Sciarpelletti, a Vatican worker who allegedly gave documents to the butler.
Gabriele has said 20 people were involved in smuggling documents out of the Vatican.
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