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Pope makes secretary Gaenswein archbishop

'Gorgeous George' also new head of Pontifical House

07 December, 12:40
Pope makes secretary Gaenswein archbishop (ANSA) - Vatican City, December 7 - Pope Benedict XVI on Friday named his personal secretary Msgr Georg Gaenswein an archbishop.

He also made his fellow German, 56, the new prefect of the Pontifical Household, replacing American cardinal James Michael Harvey.

Gaenswein is known as Gorgeous George by fans who think his appeal outshines that of Hollywood stars like George Clooney.

Unusually for Vatican figures other than popes, he has calendars devoted to him.

The Papal Household is a section of the Roman Curia that comprises the Papal Chapel (Cappella Pontificia) and the Papal Family (Familia Pontificia).