LETTER OF HIS HOLINESS BENEDICT XVI
TO HIS EMINENCE CARDINAL TARCISIO BERTONE,
SECRETARY OF STATE
To my Venerable and Beloved Brother Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone
On the eve of my departure for Castel Gandolfo for the summer period, I wish to express my deep appreciation of your discreet closeness and of your valuable advice, which I have found particularly helpful in recent months.
Noting with regret the unjust criticisms levelled at you, I wish to express anew my personal confidence in you, which I had already made known once before in a Letter dated 15 January 2010, the contents of which remain unchanged for me.
I entrust your ministry to the maternal intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Help of Christians, and of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul. I am pleased to impart to you, together with my fraternal greeting, the Apostolic Blessing as a pledge of every desired good.
From the Vatican, 2 July 2012
BENEDICTUS PP. XVI
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