Pope Francis met with the Queen yesterday:
According to Vatican Radio, Thursday’s audience marked the queen’s seventh encounter with a pontiff and the fifth different pope she has met. Besides trips to Rome, she also welcomed Pope John Paul II and Benedict XVI, now Pope Emeritus, on their respective visits to Britain.
“If you look back in terms of Queen Elizabeth’s reign, it is extraordinary how far the relationship between Britain and the Holy See, and between the Anglican Church and the Catholic Church, has developed since 1952 when she became queen,” he said.
The sainted mother of PopeWatch would have loved this, she having both the traditional Irish rebelliousness against the Brits, side by side with a deep love for the Queen.
As always when Popewatch mentions Queen Elizabeth it brings to his mind her reaction to 9-11, when, breaking with royal protocol, she ordered the playing of The Star Spangled Banner at Buckingham Palace on September 12, 2001: