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Gaenswein, 'I halved prefect, I was shocked'


"You were shocked and speechless": so Msgr. Georg Gaenswein recounts the moment in 2020 when he was 'dismissed' by Pope Francis as head of the Prefecture of the Papal Household. Archbishop Baetzing: 'Gaenswein's future depends above all on him' (ANSA)

"You were shocked and speechless": so Msgr.

Georg Gaenswein recounts the moment in 2020 when he was 'dismissed' by Pope Francis as head of the Prefecture of the Papal Household.

It is Ratzinger's secretary himself who defines himself as "a halved prefect" in the book "Nothing but the truth" written with the journalist Saverio Gaeta (Piemme).

"You remain prefect but I won't go back to work tomorrow", the Pope said, according to Gaenswein.

Benedetto commented ironically: "I think Pope Francis no longer trusts me and wants you to be my guardian...";

he wrote to the Pope to intercede but nothing changed.

Long before 2013, when he made the decision to renounce the Pontificate, Benedict XVI, as his predecessors Paul VI and John Paul II had already done, had already signed "a letter of resignation" "in case he was no longer in the physical condition or mental to be the Pope".

This was reported by the secretary Msgr.

Georg Gaenswein in the book "Nothing but the truth".

I have never compiled anything on the Orlandi case, so this phantom dossier has never been disclosed solely because it does not exist". Msgr. Georg Gaenswein says this when speaking of the case of Emanuela Orlandi in the book "Nient'altro che le verite" (Piemme The German archbishop thus wants to reply to all those press rumors that attributed to him documents on the case

"The personal spaces of the last Popes" were "equivalent to those of Francis in the Santa Marta apartment".

This was underlined by Ratzinger's secretary, mgr.

Gerog Gaenswein, adding that he referred it "without any controversy" but to explain that it was not correct, especially in the early days, to oppose Pope Francis and Pope Benedict, due to the different choice of residence.

Gaenswein - in the book "Nothing but the truth" (with the journalist Saverio Gaeta, Piemme editions, due out next week) - also speaks of the need to maintain the apostolic palace: "To avoid deterioration of the rooms and furnishings, it must in any case still being treated, therefore the question of economic savings is not at stake at all,

"I believe that Monsignor Georg

Gaenswein 's future

depends above all on him and then naturally on the people who are in charge of these choices in the Vatican Curia"


This was stated by the president of the German Bishops' Conference, Monsignor Georg Baetzing, answering questions from journalists in a press point after the celebration of the funeral of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI.

Source: ansa

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