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Pope's Message for World Day of Prayer for Vocations
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The title of the message is: "Exodus, a fundamental experience of vocation.”

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New Eparchy and new Exarchate in India
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New bishop in Ecuador
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Georg Gänswein: Benedict is very lucid and every now and then he welcomes guests

2013-12-07

 

Monsignor Georg Gänswein works closely with two Popes. He is the Prefect of the Pontifical Household for Pope Francis, and personal secretary of Benedict XVI. He is one of very few people that come in contact with the two, on a daily basis. 

He lives with Benedict XVI at the Mater Ecclesiae monastery. He says, the Pope emeritus welcomes guests from time to time. 

MSGR. GEORG GANSWEIN
Prefect for the Pontifical Household
"He does receive guests. But a healthy amount, so not too many. It has to be enjoyable, and not a burden.”

As a matter of fact, not too far from now, Benedict XVI will receive a very special guest. His brother Georg Ratzinger will spend a few days with him at the Vatican.

MSGR. GEORG GANSWEIN
Prefect for the Pontifical Household
"His brother will come after Christmas, and will be here until the end of January. We know he will turn 90 that month, and he will be here with us.”

Georg Gänswein also said that despite his age, Benedict XVI is in good health. Above all, he still has an active mind.

MSGR. GEORG GANSWEIN
Prefect for the Pontifical Household
"Pope Benedict is good. He is an elderly man, but he has a very clear mind, very alert.”

And with Christmas looming, everyone inside the Vatican, even the Pope emeritus, are getting ready to celebrate.

MSGR. GEORG GANSWEIN
Prefect for the Pontifical Household
"Advent for any German is very beautiful because we have a clear devotion, very defined, and this applies also to Pope Benedict.”

A few months after the New Year, Pope Francis will canonize John Paul II. Msgr. Georg  Gänswein said he doesn't know if Benedict XVI will attend the ceremony, but he added, it is a possibility. 


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