Personal secretary of Benedict XVI set to publish new book: Who is he?  – Catholic World Report

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Archbishop Georg Gänswein bent down to kiss the hands of his friend and mentor, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI. / Vatican Media

Vatican City, Jan 3, 2023 / 11:00 am (CNA).

As Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI’s personal secretary, Archbishop Georg Gänswein became a well-known presence in the Catholic world, especially since Benedict’s resignation in 2013.

The 65-year-old German not only spoke on Benedict’s behalf frequently but also staunchly defended him from criticism on numerous occasions, as he did most recently in an exclusive interview with EWTN detailing Benedict’s response to a German law firm’s report on the Church’s handling of sexual abuse cases in the Archdiocese of Munich and Freising.

Now, Gänswein has written a book detailing his life with the former pope: “Nothing but the Truth: My Life Beside Pope Benedict XVI.”

Set to be published this month in Italian, the book promises to give a firsthand account of the pontificate of Benedict XVI.

“These pages contain a personal testimony of the greatness of a meek man, a fine scholar, a cardinal, and a pope who made the history of our time. But they are also a firsthand account that seeks to shed light on some misunderstood aspects of his pontificate and to describe the real ‘Vatican world’ from within,” Gänswein said, according to the Italian press release obtained and translated by CNA.

Gänswein worked with Italian journalist Saverio Gaeta, a noted Vaticanista who has written several books about St. John Paul II and the transition from John Paul to Benedict XVI, to tell the story of Benedict’s pontificate.

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Personal secretary of Benedict XVI set to publish new book: Who is he?  – Catholic World Report

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