ADDRESS OF THE HOLY FATHER PAUL VI
TO THE FIRST AMBASSADOR OF CANADA
TO THE HOLY SEE*
Thursday, 23 April 1970
It is with warmth and pleasure that We welcome Your Excellency this
morning. It is with a special joy that We greet you as the first Ambassador of
Canada to the Holy See, and thus see operative the diplomatic relations recently
We appreciate the kind words which you have spoken about the role exercised by
the Holy See on the international stage. For Our part, We know the contribution
made by your great Country in this regard over the years. We are now confident
that this new bond that unites us will enable both of us to work more
effectively towards those goals of our common interest mentioned by Your
Excellency. It is indeed on behalf of all the peoples of the world that our
coordinated efforts must be made.
To Your Excellency We extend Our very best wishes for the fulfilment of your
mission. We assure you that you will find Us always ready to be of assistance,
especially in what concerns world peace. We pray that you will truly render
great service to your Country, for which We renew Our best wishes for prosperity
and harmonious development.
To Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth in whose name you have presented your Letters of
Credence go our respectful greetings; we ask Your Excellency to reiterate to the
Right Honourable Prime Minister the expression of Our deferential esteem. Upon
yourself, your family and the beloved Canadian People We invoke in abundance the
blessings of God.
*AAS 62 (1970), p.293.
Insegnamenti di Paolo VI, vol.VIII, p.347.
L'Osservatore Romano, 24.4.1970, p.1.
L’Attivitą della Santa Sede 1970, p.174-175.
ORa n. 18 p.11.