To the 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 found particularly helpful in recent months.
Noting with regret the spreading unjust criticism against you, I wish to express anew my personal confidence in you, which I had already stated in a Letter dated 15 January 2010, the contents of which remain unchanged for me.
I entrust to the maternal intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Help of Christians, and of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul, your ministry. Together with my fraternal greeting I cordially impart the Apostolic Blessing as a pledge of every desired good.
From the Vatican, 2 July 2012
St. Peter’s Square
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