To the newly ordained Bishops
By Pope Paul VI

Venerable Brothers, beloved sons and daughters

It is a great consolation for Us to receive your visit; to see four of Our Brothers, ordained by Us personally to the fulness of the Priesthood, surrounded by parents, relatives and friends.

We seem to hear again the magnificent words of the new rite of Ordination, asking God to pour forth upon you, Venerable Brothers, that power and spirit which He gave to His beloved Son Jesus Christ, and which Our Lord gave to His holy Apostles.

Two among you, after years of devoted service here in the Roman Curia, will continue in duties of higher rank and greater responsibility to the Holy See. Two others, having been faithful "collaborators in the Sacred Orders" with your Bishops, will now assist them in the fraternal charity of the Episcopate. May the Holy Spirit prosper your labours, and may Our blessed Lady, Mother of the Church, help you all. to "please God in goodness and simplicity of heart".

Beloved sons and daughters, the families and friends of these new Apostles: in the words of the final blessing of the Ordination ceremony: "May you be preserved from all adversity and filled with every blessing; by your loving devotion to these new Bishops, may you enjoy tranquillity and peace in this world, and with them merit to attain one day the company of the saints in heaven!".

To each of you, to your family members at home, and to all those whose thought and intention you bear in your hearts, We lovingly impart Our special Apostolic Blessing.

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