Papal secretary named archbishop

Msgr. Georg Ganswein

Msgr. Georg Ganswein

December 17, 2012

Pope Benedict has named his personal secretary, Msgr. Georg Ganswein, an archbishop and the new prefect of the papal household.

Ganswein, 56, began working with the then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger in 1996 in the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

When the cardinal was elected Pope Benedict in 2005, Ganswein, who was his personal secretary, moved with him into the papal apartments.

The prefect of the papal household’s main task is organizing papal audiences.