TRIBUTE TO A CHRISTIAN MONARCH: ELIZABETH II AND 4 POPES

The following is a riveting 11-minute video of all royal ceremonial events linked to the death of the queen, from Day 1 (her death) to Day 1+1 (today), etc. right up to the funeral:   Operation London Bridge: How the Queen’s funeral will work | ABC News – YouTube

TRIBUTE TO A CHRISTIAN MONARCH: ELIZABETH II AND 4 POPES

The following photos, with many thanks to Vatican Media and the Vatican’s photo archives,, depict the various meetings that Queen Elizabeth had with four Popes.

The Queen’s 96 years spanned 8 pontificates, starting with Pius XI who was Pope when she was born in 1926. She met Pius XII as a princess in 1951 and then, as Queen, met with 4 Popes: John XXIII, John Paul II (whom she met 3 times 1980, 1982 and 2000), Benedict XVI and Francis. It seems she never met St. Paul VI, nor did she meet Blessed John Paul I during his brief, 33-day pontificate.

For reasons I do not understand, I was unable to do my usual slideshow presentation with the photos provided

POPE JOHN XXIII

POPE JOHN PAUL II

POPE BENEDICT XVI (There were many photos of Benedict and the Queen but each photo had a lengthy technical description that I could not eliminate (lens size, shutter speed, light, etc), I only have these three:

POPE FRANCIS

VATICAN INSIDER: KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS AND “TERESA OF CALCUTTA. NO GREATER LOVE”

VATICAN INSIDER: KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS AND “TERESA OF CALCUTTA. NO GREATER LOVE”

This week on Vatican Insider, I welcome two new guests in the interview segment – Patrick Kelly, Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus, and David Naglieri, writer and director of the film produced by the Knights, “Teresa of Calcutta: No Greater Love.” The movie premiered in Rome at the end of August and will be shown in 940 theaters in the United States for two days only, Monday, October 3 and Tuesday, October 4. Go to motherteresamovie.com for tickets.

In Part I of our conversation, we talk about what inspired the Knights of Columbus to do this film, how David was brought in as writer and director, the stages of filming and some of the highlights.   More on this film when our conversation continues net week

As I wrote after the premiere: “Teresa of Calcutta’s love was a no-holds-barred love that embraced all of God’s children but absolutely above all, ‘the least of God’s children,’ the heart-wrenchingly poor and destitute, the forgotten and rejected ones such as the disabled, victims of leprosy, the starving, those who were left to die in the hovels they called home or on the streets of their villages or towns, on the peripheries of large, well-to-do urban centers where people truly did not care about the “people they could not see.”

I interviewed Patrick and David at a sports center in Rome, one of a number built in the Eternal City by the Knights of Columbus. They have an office in Rome as well (another story for another day). The Missionaries of Charity were the special guests at that day’s showing of No Greater Live. Fr. Brian Kolodeijchuk, postulator of Mother Teresa’s cause for canonization, spoke to the sisters.

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The official website (where you can watch a trailer): Mother Teresa: No Greater Love Film – HOME (motherteresamovie.com)

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