Georg Ganswein

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Birthday
30, 1956
Birthplace
Germany
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Leo
Birthday
30, 1956 (age 63)
Birthplace
Germany

About

One of the Vatican's top leaders, who was Chaplain of His Holiness, Prefect of the Papal Household and Principal Private Secretary of Pope Benedict XVI.

Before Fame

He decided to devote his life to priesthood at the age of 18, after studying theology, and was ordained in 1996.

Trivia

His elevation to Archbishop of Germany, a procedure usually done upon a pope's death, may have been the first sign Pope Benedict intended to retire.

Family Life

He was born in Reidern am Wald, a small town in the Black Forest region of Germany, a descendant of seven generations of smiths.

Associated With

Before serving under Pope Benedict XVI, he was the chaplain to Pope John Paul II.