Wednesday 17 April 2024

Observers: Pope to send Gänswein as ambassador to the Baltic states?

Gänswein: Pope Francis is Full of Surprises and Some Unpredictability |  America Magazine

New speculation about the future of Georg Gänswein: the former secretary to Benedict XVI could be sent to the Baltic States as the Pope's ambassador. 

This was reported by the newspaper "Corriere della Sera" at the weekend. 

The Baltic nunciature is located in Lithuania and also includes Estonia and Latvia. 

The post of Vatican ambassador there is currently vacant. 

On 11 March, Pope Francis transferred his nuncio in Lithuania, Archbishop Petar Rajic, to Italy.

Neither the Vatican nor Gänswein himself have yet commented on the speculation. 

Last week, however, the Argentinian daily newspaper "La Nacion" reported on a possible new post for the 67-year-old German

It was said that Gänswein would become Apostolic Nuncio at a location yet to be named. 

The Holy See will officially announce the appointment "soon".

Pope Francis: lack of decency

In a recently published interview book, the Pope had accused Benedict XVI's former secretary of a lack of decency and humanity because a memoir by Gänswein about his years with the ex-pope was published immediately after his death. 

However, with regard to intrigues in the Vatican, Francis also said that people who have made a mistake must be forgiven and a new chapter opened. Only people who remain obstinate are different.

Since his release from the Vatican in the summer of 2023, Gänswein has been living without a job in his home archdiocese of Freiburg. 

He was Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict XVI's private secretary for 19 years and accompanied him as Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, as Pope and as Pope Emeritus until his death.