God’s New Banker Brings Teutonic Thoroughness to VaticanSubmitted by emalvini on Thu, 05/30/2013 - 20:23
God’s New Banker Brings Teutonic Thoroughness to Vatican
By Guy Dinmore and Rachel Sanderson in Vatican City
May 31, 2013 | 12:01 am
On his last full day of a troubled papacy, Benedict XVI bade farewell to his household staff lining up in the Vatican, greeting cleaners, drivers and gardeners, before stopping to exchange just a few words with a newly arrived fellow German.
“I got a rosary. He wished me strength,” recalls Ernst von Freyberg, who two weeks earlier had been named head of the Vatican bank in the Pope’s last major appointment before his historic abdication in February.