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In the footsteps of the Holy Father

· Mons. Georg Gänswein awarded the Capri San Michele Prize ·

Mons. Georg Gänswein, Private Secretary to the Pope, has been awarded the Capri San Michele Prize, Images and Truths section, for editing the book, Benedetto XVI urbi et orbi. Con il Papa a Roma e per le vie del mondo (Vatican City, Vatican Publishing House, 2010) and published in German by Herder. His book contains over 200 photos portraying the intense activity and significant moments during the Holy Father's ministry.

Mons. Gänswein will receive the prize on Saturday, 25 September at Anacapri, a small town on the island of Capri located in the Tyrrhenian sea.

This, however, will not be the first time he has participated in the ceremony. In 2004 he accompanied Card. Joseph Ratzinger, who was awarded this prize for his book, Truth and Tolerance: Christian Belief and World Religions (Ignatius Press).

On this occasion Gänswein will take centre stage, when he presents this book which is a collection of impressions from his Meetings and Trips with the Holy Father from the beginning of his Apostolic ministry.

The publication of the book was dated 19 April 2010 celebrating the fifth anniversary of the election of the Pope. But of greater importance Gänswein provides us with a key to understanding the title of the book since it invites us to follow in the footsteps of the Holy Father — urbi — in his Episcopal Seat of Rome, but also — orbi — on his Apostolic Trips in Italy and abroad.

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