His Holiness the Pope on Her Most Britannic Majesty's Diamond Jubilee
Below, in its entirety, the text of a "letter, read out at a service of Thanksgiving in Rome," which "was attended by Cardinal George Pell, as well as Cardinal Angelo Sodano, Dean of the College of Cardinals, and Christian leaders from different denominations and ambassadors from around the world" — Pope praises Queen’s 'inspiring example':
- I write to offer my warmest congratulations to Your Majesty on the happy occasion of the Diamond Jubilee of your reign.
During the past 60 years you have offered to your subjects and to the whole world an inspiring example of dedication to duty and a commitment to maintaining the principles of freedom, justice and democracy, in keeping with a noble vision of the role of a Christian monarch.
Your personal commitment to cooperation and mutual respect between the followers of different religious traditions has contributed in no small measure to improving ecumenical and interreligious relations throughout your realms.