Jul 31, 2020
Today, Monsignor Yoannis Lahzi Gaid leaves Domus Sanctae Marthae forever. The Pope’s second secretary greeted the personnel of the Domus on Jul. 30, thus ending his 6 - year service.
There has not yet been an official communication from the Holy See Press Office, but the news about Msgr. Lahzi’s departure spread at the beginning of the week, and multiple sources have given confirmation. There will be a release most likely at the moment Pope Francis appoints Msgr. Lahzi's successor – if Pope Francis does that.
Msgr. Lahzi’s departure marks the end of an era, in a way. The ties to Pope Francis’s original team are completely severed.
When he was elected, Pope Francis inherited Benedict XVI’s first secretary, Msgr. Alfred Xuereb. Francis appointed Xuereb prelate general secretary for the Secretariat for the Economy (2014 – 2018) and then nuncio to South Korea and Mongolia.