Benedict XVI’s secretary and prefect of the Papal Household had been admitted to a clinic because of serious kidney problems.
Newsroom (September 17, 2020, 8:00 pm Gaudium Press) — Archbishop Georg Gänswein has left the hospital and continues his recovery at home. He will be under observation for a while, but it is confirmed that he is better and is recovering.
As reported by Gaudium Press a few days ago, CNA Deutsch informed that the Archbishop – personal secretary of Benedict XVI and prefect of the papal household – had been admitted to hospital with “serious kidney problems”, without giving further details.
Now the specialists of the Biomedical Campus of Rome have authorized him to return home.
Msgr. Gänswein has been a prominent figure for many years, even in non-church environments. Ordained a priest in 1984 at the age of 28, he holds a doctorate in Canon Law from Ludwig Maximilians University. In addition to having worked in the Congregation for Divine Worship and then in the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Archbishop Gänswein became a professor of Canon Law at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross.
Prelate of Honor of His Holiness in 2006, he was made Prefect of the Papal Household by Benedict XVI in 2012 and was then granted the episcopate and titular seat of Urbisaglia.
In a recent interview, Msgr. Gänswein referred to “a serious disease of the inner ear”, from which he still suffers the consequences. “I still have a slight feeling of dizziness, and the left ear has a limited hearing capacity. Unfortunately, I also continue to have tinnitus, very annoying tinnitus.”
However, prior to the news of his kidney condition, no serious health failure was reported.