CNA Newsroom, Mar 22, 2023 / 08:36 am (CNA).
Following a report that Pope Francis will appoint Archbishop Georg Gänswein as the Vatican’s next ambassador to Costa Rica, sources inside the Vatican have told CNA Deutsch that the news was “speculation at best.”
The Spanish news site Religión Digital reported Tuesday that Benedict XVI’s longtime private secretary is set to serve as the next apostolic nuncio to the Central American nation.
According to “ecclesiastical sources,” the Holy See contacted the country’s state authorities last week to make the appointment, the online portal said — adding that the current apostolic nuncio, Monsignor Bruno Musaro, is about to turn 75 and is headed for retirement.
Several media outlets picked up news of Gänswein’s transfer to Costa Rica. The Vatican has so far not commented. However, sources told CNA’s German-language partner agency CNA Deutsch that the information was little more than speculation.
Gänswein’s future role has been the subject of rumor and gossip across Rome and the Church in Germany for many days. The eloquent prelate is fluent in several languages, including German and Italian.
Hailing from the Black Forest region of Germany, the son of a blacksmith was ordained a priest in 1984 by Archbishop Oskar Saier in Freiburg and holds a doctorate in canon law from Ludwig-Maximilian University in Munich.
A longtime secretary to Benedict, Gänswein also served as prefect of the Papal Household to both Benedict and his successor, Pope Francis, until February 2020.
Pope Francis received Gänswein in an audience in January.
Currently, the 66-year-old is serving as executor of Benedict XVI’s will and has been tracking down relatives of the retired pontiff, who died on Dec. 31, 2022.
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I am certainly glad to see and read this article. I think that Archbishop Gainswein has completed an excellent job serving Father Benedict. I hope that he is always rewarded for his dedicated service to the oldest living Pope. I think most people truly cared for Pope Benedict. During this Lent Season I hope and pray that we keep Pope Benedict’s family in thought and prayer and especially Archbishop Gainswein- God knows all the important work that Archbishop Gainswein completed for Pope Benedict. I pray that everything is handled well and Archbishop Gainswein is rewarded well for his service to Pope Benedict. I think he is from Germany like Pope Benedict, I hope that everything is handled well.