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How's Benedict XVI doing? Georg Gänswein talks about the Pope Emeritus

2014-06-07

He's one of Benedict XVI's closest collaborators and one of the few people who see him everyday. So whenever Msgr. Georg Gänswein attends a public event, he's constantly asked about the Pope emeritus. 

MSGR. GEORG GÄNSWEIN
Prefect of the Papal Household
"He's doing fine. He is an 87 year old man. His mind in still sharp. His legs are a bit weak, but he's doing well.” 

Gänswein, is also the Vatican´s Prefect of the Papal Household. During a conference on  Papal communication styles, at the University of the Holy Cross, he talked about the papacy of Benedict XVI. 

MSGR. GEORG GÄNSWEIN
Prefect of the Papal Household
"He talked to the mind, but through that he would move the heart. Anyone who knows him closely understands this.” 

But his seven year pontificate had its challenges and even critics. Gänswein says a large part of that was caused by prejudice. 

MSGR. GEORG GÄNSWEIN
Prefect of the Papal Household
"After his Regensburg speech on September 12, 2006, the prejudice against him was always there. It was always present unfortunately. Always.”

Even amid challenges, Gänswein says the Pope emeritus always faced the situations head on and without aggression. 

MSGR. GEORG GÄNSWEIN
Prefect of the Papal Household
"He faced suffering, but he never lashed out or attacked. He never did that. On the contrary, he responded with humbleness, clarity and authenticity. And he never ignored real problems.” 

As the Prefect of the Papal Household, Gänswein is in charge of coordinating the Pope's daily schedule. It was his task with Benedict XVI and now again with Pope Francis. 

When it comes to insiders, Gänswein has a front row seat. He's the first person to work for two living Popes on a daily basis. 


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