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Vatican: Vatileaks Secret Report To Remain Confidential

Pope Benedict XVI leaves after delivering his last Angelus noon prayer, from the window of his studio overlooking St. Peter's
Pope Benedict XVI leaves after delivering his last Angelus noon prayer, from the window of his studio overlooking St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican, Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013. Benedict XVI gave his pontificate's final Sunday blessing from his studio window to the cheers of tens of thousands of people packing St. Peter's Square, but sought to reassure the faithful that he wasn't abandoning the church by retiring to spend his final years in prayer. The 85-year-old Benedict is stepping down on Thursday evening, the first pope to do so in 600 years, after saying he no longer has the mental or physical strength to vigorously lead the world's 1.2 billion Catholics. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

ROME, Feb 25 (Reuters) - The Vatican said on Monday that a report into papal documents leaked by Pope Benedict's butler in the so-called "Vatileaks scandal" last year will remain confidential and only be shown to the next pontiff.

"The Holy Father has decided that the facts of this investigation, the contents of which are known only to Himself, will be made available exclusively to the new Pontiff," the Vatican said in a statement.

Some Italian media had called for the report to be made public ahead of the conclave that will choose the next pope. (Reporting by Philip Pullella)

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