Vatican discusses leak scandal
Jun 24 2012
Pope Benedict XVI has convened a meeting of cardinals for advice on how to deal with the Vatican's leaked documents scandal.
The Pope was already scheduled to attend a regular meeting of the heads of Vatican offices.
The Vatican press office said he added a second meeting later in the day with other cardinals in an attempt to try to "restore a climate of serenity and trust" in the Catholic Church.
Over the coming days he will meet with still more cardinals gathering in Rome, for a church feast day on Friday, to "continue the dialogue with the people who share the responsibility of the church's governance with him".
The Catholic Church has been scrambling to contain the damage caused when the leak of hundreds of Vatican documents exposed corruption, political infighting and power struggles at the highest level of the Church.
Even the Pope's butler, Paolo Gabriele, is under arrest at the Vatican, accused of aggravated theft after the Pope's own documents were found in his Vatican City residence.
The leak is the subject of a criminal investigation headed by Vatican gendarmes, as well as an internal investigation led by three cardinals tasked with getting to the bottom of the scandal.
Last weekend Pope Benedict XVI met the cardinals' commission to learn details about some of the two dozen people questioned so far.
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