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  • ** FILE ** Pope Benedict XVI, accompanied by his private secretary, Monsignor Georg Gaenswein (top left), and his butler, Paolo Gabriele, arrives in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican for a general audience on Wednesday, May 23, 2012.  (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

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  • "The only thing I can say is that I strongly hope that the trial will unveil the motives and convictions that compelled Paolo Gabriele to bring to light documents and events described in the book," he told The Associated Press this week.

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  • Mr. Nuzzi, who in 2009 published a book on leaked documents from the Vatican bank, has justified the publication as an act of transparency and says there's not a word against the pope or the church in the book.

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