Archbishop Georg Gänswein Archives - Crux



  • Benedict aide: It’s a ‘fantasy’ and ‘stupid’ to use him against Francis

    Benedict aide: It’s a ‘fantasy’ and ‘stupid’ to use him against Francis

    Archbishop Georg Gänswein, Benedict XVI’s personal secretary, said that those trying to use the words the pope emeritus sent for the funeral of one of the “dubia” cardinals as an attack on Pope Francis are “stupid.” In his message for the July 15 funeral of German Cardinal Joachim Meisner, Benedict alluded to the Church being near “capsizing,” which is a familiar image in his writing.

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  • Benedict XVI calls good friend Meisner a ‘passionate shepherd’

    Benedict XVI calls good friend Meisner a ‘passionate shepherd’

    In a message read by his long-time personal secretary, Archbishop Georg Gänswein, Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI defined late Cardinal Joachim Meisner as a “pastor of souls.” Recalling their last conversation, on the eve of the prelate’s death, the German pontiff wrote that he was impressed by the cardinal’s “loosened happiness, the inner joy, and the confidence that he had found.”

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