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Some conclave cardinals to see parts of Vatileaks report

But full contents for next pope's eyes only, Vatican says

Some conclave cardinals to see parts of Vatileaks report

Vatican City, February 25 - Pope Benedict XVI will reveal the full results of an investigation into the Vatican leaks scandal "solely to the new pontiff," the Vatican said Monday, but parts of it will be disclosed to members of the conclave to elect his successor. The announcements came after Benedict met Monday with the three-cardinal commission that investigated the so-called Vatileaks affair, which reached its peak last year when the pope's butler was found guilty and eventually pardoned for photocopying sensitive Church documents and sharing them with Italian media. Since Benedict announced earlier this month that he would step down February 28, unsourced reports in the Italian press have alleged that the 300-page dossier on the scandal was the final straw that triggered Benedict's decision to break from tradition and abdicate from an otherwise lifetime position - the first pope to do so in six centuries. In a statement, the Vatican said Monday that Benedict had "decided that the results of the investigation, of which only His Holiness is aware, will remain at the sole disposition of the new pontiff". Shortly thereafter, Vatican Spokesman Federico Lombardi said that some members of the conclave to elect the next pope will have foreknowledge of those results, specifying that the three-cardinal commission "will know to what extent they can and must" share information that is "useful to evaluate the situation and to select a new pope" before the conclave. The authors of the report are Cardinal Julian Herranz from Spain, former archbishop of Palermo Cardinal Salvatore De Giorgi, and Cardinal Jozef Tomko from Slovakia.

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