Papal Gentlemen

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The Papal Gentlemen, also called the Gentlemen of His Holiness,[1] are the lay attendants of the pope and his papal household in Vatican City. They serve in the Apostolic Palace near St. Peter's Basilica in ceremonial positions, such as escorting dignitaries during a papal funeral. The position is a successor to the earlier position of papal chamberlain, that existed prior to 1968.[2]


  1. ^ Hada Messia (6 March 2010). "Lawyer: Leak of sex claims against Italian official is 'shameful'". 
  2. ^ Noonan, Jr., James-Charles (1996). The Church Visible: The Ceremonial Life and Protocol of the Roman Catholic Church. Viking. p. 196. ISBN 0-670-86745-4.