Pope Benedict XVI's butler has been arrested and charged with stealing confidential documents after embarrassing leaks were exposed in the press alleging corruption and cronyism inside the Vatican, a spokesman has said.

Federico Lombardi said in a statement that Paolo Gabriele, who lives inside Vatican City and is known to be close to the pope, was arrested on Wednesday.

The Vatican said a wider investigation would take place to see if Gabriele, 46, had any accomplices that helped him leak the documents.

Al Jazeera's Emma Hayward reports.

Source: Al Jazeera