The Prelate received a manuscript greeting from the Holy Father for his 80th birthday
This is a translation of the handwritten greeting reproduced on one of the first pages of this issue, sent to Bishop Javier Echevarría by Benedict XVI, for his 80th birthday:
To our Venerable Brother Bishop
Prelate of Opus Dei
On his 80th birthday, I send warm congratulations and, recalling his long and zealous ministry in the service of the Gospel and the Church, I invoke upon him, through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin and of St. Josemaría Escrivá, a new outpouring of heavenly gifts, while I cordially impart a special apostolic Blessing, which I gladly extend to the people entrusted to his pastoral care.
From the Vatican, June 14, 2012.
Romana, n. 54, January-June 2012, p. 124.