Queen Wishes Pope a Happy Birthday

VATICAN CITY, APRIL 15, 2011 (Zenit.org).- Benedict XVI has received several greetings ahead of his birthday this weekend, including one from Queen Elizabeth II.

The Holy Father turns 84 on Saturday.

The queen wrote, «On the occasion of your eighty fourth birthday, I have much pleasure in sending my warmest felicitations and prayers to Your Holiness, recalling with great fondness the memorable visit of Your Holiness to the United Kingdom. Elizabeth R.»

The Holy Father was in the United Kingdom for a four-day trip last September.

The semi-official Vatican daily newspaper L’Osservatore Romano also wished the Pope a happy birthday on its front-page.

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The Vatican newspaper wrote, «in the tame of our readers and of many people around the world who love the Pope, they are close to you and and show their sympathy and interest for your person and words, which announce without tiring the joyful conviction that God is the light of the world.»

In Latin, the newspaper added, Ad multos annos» (for many years).

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