Wednesday, January 09, 2013

Pope rewards loyal service by German aide by making him bishop in St. Peter's basilica service

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.

Gaenswein, 56, has been Benedict's closest aide for years, and helped steer the papal household through an embarrassing scandal of leaked documents last year. 

A Vatican court convicted the pope's former butler, Paolo Gabriele, of stealing the documents from the papal apartment. Benedict has since pardoned him.

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