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Pope Benedict XVI

Pope Benedict XVI

Pope Benedict XVI

Pope Benedict XVI has praised the Queen's "noble vision of the role of a Christian monarch" in a note congratulating her on her Diamond Jubilee.

In a message released by the Vatican, Benedict said the British monarch has over the past 60 years been an "inspiring example of dedication to duty and a commitment to maintaining the principles of freedom, justice and democracy".

He also said she has played an important role in improving ecumenical and inter-religious relations.

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