Archbishop Georg Ganswein, Pope Benedict's private secretary, who has been dubbed "Gorgeous George" by the Italian media, is now a real-life cover boy.
cover on the Italian edition of the magazine shows the 56-year-old
archbishop smiling, his blue eyes beaming, above a headline that reads
"Father Georg - It's not a sin to be beautiful."
magazine calls Ganswein "The George Clooney of St Peter's" and says it
dedicated a cover story to honor his recent promotion to the rank of
archbishop and as recognition of his growing power in the Roman Catholic
A spokeswoman for the
magazine said Ganswein was not interviewed for the article and did not
pose for the cover photo, which she said was a close-up of an existing
Ganswein, who has been
Benedict's personal secretary since the former Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger
was elected Roman Catholic leader in 2005, was elevated to the rank of
archbishop earlier this month.
German like the pope, he was also promoted to the job of Prefect of the
Pontifical Household, a position that will significantly increase his
power as the pope gets older and frailer.
prefect, Ganswein - already one of the most recognizable and powerful
figures in the papal court - will arrange all the pope's private and
public audiences and his daily schedule.
because he will be keeping his job as chief private secretary, he will
have even more power in deciding who has access to the 85-year-old pope.
Fair said the article about Ganswein was a "close up profile of a
The magazine went on sale on Wednesday.