Vatican City, Feb 5, 2020 / 08:10 am
After a German Catholic weekly reported that Archbishop Georg Gänswein was asked to take a leave of absence from his position as head of the papal household, the Vatican has said it cannot confirm the report, and the archbishop is still in his job.
Die Tagespost reported Feb. 5 that the German archbishop had recently been asked by Pope Francis to "focus on his role as private secretary to pope emeritus Benedict XVI."
A Vatican source told CNA that the Die Tagepost report was on the mark. Gänswein has been requested to "stay away from his office [as prefect of the papal household] indefinitely," the source said.
But the Holy See press office told CNA Wednesday that it has "no information" regarding Ganswein being on a leave of absence from the prefecture.