Pope Benedict's butler says he leaked secret documents for 'good of Church'

      Pope Benedict's former butler has admitted that he took thousands of documents from the pope's private apartments and leaked them because he was doing it for the 'good of the church'.

Paolo Gabriele told a court in Vatican that he leaked the documents to the media 'to bring the church back on the right track.' "I declare myself innocent concerning the charge of aggravated theft," ABC News quoted Gabriele, as saying. "I feel guilty of having betrayed the trust of the Holy Father, whom I love as a son would," he added.

Gabriele, personal assistant to Pope Benedict XVI, was charged with aggravated theft after police found confidential documents at his flat in Vatican and arrested him in May. He was arrested as part of an investigation over the leak of documents alleging corruption in Vatican's business dealings.

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