Papal Gentleman

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A Papal Gentleman, also called a Gentleman of His Holiness,[1] is a lay attendant of the Pope and his papal household in Vatican City. Papal Gentlemen 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. To be appointed is an honor. The appointee is an unpaid volunteer.[2]


  1. ^ "Italy: All the Pope's Gentlemen". GlobalPost. 15 August 2010. 
  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.