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Who has access to the Papal Apartment?


Four consecrated women, who are also members of the Communion and Liberation movement are in charge of domestic chores. There's also the Pope's two secretaries, Alfred Xuereb and Georg Gänswein. 

In his book, the Pope talks about celebrating daily Mass with them everyday. Normally they eat lunch together, watch the news an sometimes see a movie.

The Pope's butler, 46 year old Paolo Gabrielle also lived nearby, within Vatican walls. He too was in the Pope's close circle. He attended early Mass with the Pope at 7 am, before serving him breakfast, lunch and dinner.

He was also in charge of making sure that everything was in order at the Pope's apartment. His main responsibility was to assist the Pope throughout his day.

Other regular visitors who are able to come and go from the Papal apartments are the commander of the Swiss Guard, Daniel Rudolf Anrig, the inspector general of the Vatican police, Domenico Giani and the Pope's personal doctor, Patrizio Polisca.

Most recently, the three cardinals who were commissioned to investigate the leaks have also had access to the apartment. The cardinals include, Julián Herránz, Jozef Tomko and Salvatore de Giorgi. In fact, Benedict XVI personally granted them access as they took on the investigation.