Archbishop Georg Gänswein

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Archbishop Georg Gänswein was the personal secretary of the late Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI.

Benedict’s personal secretary searches for five cousins who are heirs of the late pontiff

Mar 21, 2023

By Almudena Martínez-Bordiú

Archbishop Georg Gänswein explained that he thought there were two direct heirs. However, he was surprised to learn that there... Read more

Archbishop Georg Gänswein celebrates Mass in the Vatican crypt close to the tomb of Pope Benedict XVI on Jan. 31, 2023, to mark one month since the death of the pope emeritus on Dec. 31, 2022.

Archbishop Gänswein celebrates Mass for Benedict XVI one month after pope’s death

Feb 1, 2023

By Hannah Brockhaus

The pope emeritus’ longtime personal secretary offered the Mass in the Vatican crypt close to Benedict’s tomb in the presence... Read more

Austrian Cardinal Christoph Schönborn (left) and Archbishop Georg Gänswein, longtime personal secretary for Pope Benedict XVI.

Cardinal Schönborn calls Gänswein book ‘unseemly indiscretion,’ confirms key detail of Benedict papacy

Jan 18, 2023

By AC Wimmer

Austrian Cardinal Christoph Schönborn on Wednesday confirmed he was the person who encouraged Joseph Ratzinger to accept the conclave’s decision. Read more


Analysis: What to read in Benedict XVI’s secretary’s ‘tell-all’ book?

Jan 11, 2023

By Andrea Gagliarducci

“Nothing but the Truth: My Life Beside Benedict XVI” by Archbishop Georg Gänswein comes out on Jan. 12, but CNA... Read more

Reception of Pope Benedict XVI from Federal President Christian Wulff at Schloss Bellevue on Sept. 22, 2012, in Berlin, Germany.

Here are the last words spoken by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI

Jan 1, 2023

By Zelda Caldwell, Courtney Mares

The retired pope spoke the words shortly after his longtime personal secretary Archbishop Georg Gänswein briefly stepped out of the... Read more

Archbishop Gänswein and Pope emeritus Benedict XVI.

WATCH: Benedict's longtime secretary, Archbishop Georg Gänswein, reflects on the late pope's life, legacy

Jan 1, 2023

By CNA Staff

One of the people closest to Benedict XVI granted an exclusive interview to EWTN last month. Read more

Natalia Tsarkova works on a portrait of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI in her studio in central Rome.

From ‘real life’: Papal artist unveils painting of Benedict XVI as pope emeritus

Nov 3, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

The artist unveiled the painting, which took four years to create, during a ceremony on Nov. 3 in Palazzo Cesi,... Read more

Archbishop Gänswein and Pope emeritus Benedict XVI

Archbishop Gänswein moved to tears over Benedict XVI's comment about journey to heaven

Jul 5, 2022

By CNA Staff

The pope emeritus’ personal secretary recalled the words during a June celebration organized by the Joseph Ratzinger/Pope Benedict XVI Foundation... Read more

Archbishop Georg Gänswein in St. Peter’s Square on Sept. 25, 2019.

Benedict XVI's secretary in isolation after testing positive for COVID-19

Apr 21, 2022

By Courtney Mares

Gänswein has been in isolation since April 11, a time period that included all of the Easter Triduum and Benedict... Read more

Archbishop Georg Gänswein, personal secretary of Pope emeritus Benedict XVI, speaks to EWTN Rome Bureau Chief Andreas Thonhauser.

Full text: EWTN’s exclusive interview with Archbishop Gänswein

Feb 14, 2022

By CNA Staff

Benedict XVI’s personal secretary discusses the Munich abuse report. Read more

Archbishop Georg Gänswein, personal secretary of Pope emeritus Benedict XVI.

Archbishop Gänswein tells inside story of Benedict XVI’s response to the Munich abuse report

Feb 14, 2022

By CNA Staff

Benedict XVI’s personal secretary said the 94-year-old was ‘doing well’ despite the recent media firestorm. Read more

Pope emeritus Benedict XVI.

Archbishop Gänswein: Benedict XVI is praying for victims in wake of Munich abuse report

Jan 20, 2022

By CNA Staff

‘The pope emeritus ... expresses his shock and shame at the abuse of minors committed by clerics.’ Read more

Archbishop Georg Gänswein in St. Peter’s Square on Sept. 25, 2019.

Archbishop Gänswein: Benedict XVI had three COVID-19 vaccine doses ‘out of conviction’

Dec 3, 2021

By CNA Staff

He said: ‘One must not force anyone to vaccinate ... But one should appeal to the conscience.’ Read more

Archbishop Gänswein and Pope emeritus Benedict XVI.

Benedict XVI is ‘full of zest for life,’ says Archbishop Gänswein

Oct 21, 2021

By CNA Staff

The archbishop said the 94-year-old is ‘stable in his physical weakness.’ Read more

Archbishop Georg Gänswein at the exposition in Rome.

Exhibit commemorating Benedict XVI’s 70 years as a priest opens in Rome

Jun 28, 2021

By ACI Prensa

Benedict XVI's personal secretary, Archbishop Georg Ganswein, inaugurated an exhibition in Rome to commemorate the 70th anniversary of Joseph Ratzinger’s... Read more

Archbishop Georg Gänswein preaches at the Shrine of the Holy Face in Manoppello Jan. 17, 2021. Credit: Daniel Ibáñez/CNA.

Archbishop Gänswein: Holy Face of Manoppello conveys ‘incomparable news’ of the resurrection

Jan 17, 2021

Archbishop Georg Gänswein said on Sunday that the image known as the Holy Face of Manoppello conveys the “incomparable news”... Read more

Archbishop Gänswein to Catholic journalists: Be brave like Mother Angelica

Jan 4, 2021

Archbishop Georg Gänswein urged Catholic journalists Monday to act with the courage of EWTN founder Mother Angelica.  Read more

Archbishop Georg Gänswein | Photo: Daniel Ibañez - EWTN

Pope Benedict’s secretary reflects on awful 2020 with German Magazine 

Jan 1, 2021

Archbishop Georg Gänswein has spoken about life with Pope emeritus Benedict XVI and a personally challenging year. "I'm grateful to... Read more

Benedict XVI addresses new cardinals at the Mater Ecclesiae Monastery at the Vatican on Nov. 28, 2020.

Benedict XVI has not lost his voice, says Archbishop Gänswein

Dec 4, 2020

Archbishop Georg Gänswein has denied media reports that Benedict XVI has lost his voice.  Read more

Archbishop Georg Gänswein, pictured March 12, 2016.

Archbishop Gänswein ‘better’ and grateful for prayers after hospitalization

Sep 17, 2020

Archbishop Georg Gänswein is expected to leave hospital Thursday.   Read more