Secretary's typical day: Ganswein once said in a Vatican radio interview that his job was to "protect the Holy Father from an avalanche of correspondence, papers and bureaucracy." A typical day began ... more 
Secretary's typical day: Ganswein once said in a Vatican radio interview that his job was to "protect the Holy Father from an avalanche of correspondence, papers and bureaucracy." A typical day began with a 7 a.m. Mass, a recitation and a period of silent adoration—all before breakfast. He would then review mail, escort his boss to private audiences, and then have lunch, a walk before siesta and more mail. In other words, to get to the pope, you'd have to get past Ganswein. One profile notes he has an "unusually strong influence. ... Visitors are often somewhat taken aback to hear Mgr. Ganswein refer to the Pope and himself as 'us.'" less 
1 / 7
Getty Images | Photo By Wojtek Laski / Getty Images
Wed, Mar 6, 2013 7:00 PM EST