Pope Benedict XVI has rewarded his longtime loyal secretary by making him a bishop in an elaborate ceremony in St. Peter's Basilica.
The pontiff and Monsignor
Georg Gaenswein, a fellow German, embraced warmly.
Benedict, 85, held up
well during the nearly three-hour long service Sunday, which also
marked Epiphany, a Catholic feast day.
56, has been Benedict's closest aide for years, and helped steer the
papal household through an embarrassing scandal of leaked documents last
A Vatican court convicted the pope's former butler, Paolo
Gabriele, of stealing the documents from the papal apartment. Benedict
has since pardoned him.