O altitudo divitiarum sapientiæ, et scientiæ Dei : quam incomprehensibilia sunt judicia ejus, et investigabiles viæ ejus ! Quis enim cognovit  sensum Domini ? aut quis consiliarius ejus fuit ? aut quis prior dedit illi, et retribuetur ei ? Quoniam ex ipso, et per ipsum, et in ipso sunt  omnia : ipsi gloria in sæcula. Amen.

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To His Imperial Highness, Archduke Karl of Austria:

With deepest sympathy have I learned about the passing of your father, His Royal and Imperial Highness Archduke Otto of Austria. In this hour of sadness at your painful loss, I am united with you and all the imperial family in prayer for the dead. During his long and full life, Archduke Otto has been a witness to the changing face of Europe. Trusting in God and aware of a significant heritage, he has been a committed European tirelessly working for freedom, for the unity of peoples and for a just order in this continent. May the Lord reward him for his diverse acts for the good of mankind and give him the fullness of life in his heavenly kingdom. Through the intercession of Mary, the mother of God, I offer an Apostolic Blessing to all family members and to all who mourn Archduke Otto, and who pray for his eternal salvation.

Benedictus PP. XVI

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