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Baby gift for George as Queen meets Pope Francis

Pope Francis gave Queen Elizabeth II a royal orb for baby Prince George as the monarch met him for the first time Thursday, a low-key visit that is the 87-year-old monarch's first foreign trip since 2011. The visit took place a day after the anniversary of the start of the Falklands War between Britain and Francis's native Argentina in 1982, and also came at a thorny moment in Anglican-Catholic relations -- though officials did not reveal the content of the closed-door discussions.

Two sovereigns in Rome: Queen visits pope

Queen Elizabeth II flew to Rome on Thursday to meet Pope Francis for the first time on a visit that is also the 87-year-old monarch's first foreign trip since 2011. Dressed in lilac and clutching a bouquet of flowers, the queen smiled as she arrived at Ciampino airport, shaking hands with dignitaries on the red carpet. The British royal's talks with the Argentine pope coincide with the 32nd anniversary of the Falklands War between Britain and Argentina and come against a backdrop of thorny Anglican-Catholic relations.

Queen arrives for first meeting with Pope Francis

Queen Elizabeth II and her husband Prince Philip arrived in the Vatican on Thursday for their first meeting with Pope Francis on a one-day visit to Rome, an AFP photographer said. Francis is the fifth pontiff the 87-year-old monarch and "supreme governor" of the Church of England has met since Pius XII in 1951 -- a year before her coronation. pho-jlv/dt/ide/dh

Queen meets Pope Francis for first time

Queen Elizabeth II met Pope Francis for the first time on Thursday on a visit that coincides with the anniversary of the Falklands War and is also the 87-year-old monarch's first foreign trip since 2011. Dressed in lilac and clutching a bouquet of flowers, the queen smiled as she arrived at Ciampino airport, shaking hands with dignitaries on the red carpet. She and her husband Prince Philip then had lunch with Italian President Giorgio Napolitano at the Quirinale Palace, where they were greeted with a military salute and crowds of supporters, some waving Union Jack flags.

Two sovereigns in Rome: Queen visits pope

Queen Elizabeth II meets Pope Francis for the first time on Thursday on a visit that coincides with the anniversary of the start of the Falklands War between Britain and Argentina. The British royal, who is "supreme governor" of the Church of England, will also be meeting the Argentine pope against the backdrop of thorny Anglican-Catholic relations. The foreign trip, a rarity these days for the 87-year-old monarch, had to be postponed last year because she was unwell. She will be accompanied by her 92-year-old husband Prince Philip.

Two sovereigns in Rome: Queen visits pope

Queen Elizabeth II meets Pope Francis for the first time on Thursday on a visit that coincides with the anniversary of the start of the Falklands War between Britain and Argentina. The British royal, who is "supreme governor" of the Church of England, will also be meeting the Argentine pope against the backdrop of thorny Anglican-Catholic relations. The foreign trip, a rarity these days for the 87-year-old monarch, had to be postponed last year because she was unwell. She will be accompanied by her 92-year-old husband Prince Philip.

Papal voices: Vatican Radio puts archive online

The voices of popes from as long ago as 1884 can be heard by the public after the digitising of 8,000 tapes from the Vatican Radio's pontifical archives, the Vatican said Tuesday. The initiative was launched as part of preparations for the sainting of John Paul II and John XXIII (1958-63) on April 17, in the first double papal canonisation ceremony in Church history. "This way, the popes remain among us thanks to their voices," Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi told journalists.

Papal voices: Vatican Radio puts archive online

The voices of popes from as long ago as 1884 can be heard by the public after the digitising of 8,000 tapes from the Vatican Radio's pontifical archives, the Vatican said Tuesday. The initiative was launched as part of preparations for the sainting of John Paul II and John XXIII (1958-63) on April 17, in the first double papal canonisation ceremony in Church history. "This way, the popes remain among us thanks to their voices," Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi told journalists.

Papal voices: Vatican Radio puts archive online

The voices of popes from as long ago as 1884 can be heard by the public after the digitising of 8,000 tapes from the Vatican Radio's pontifical archives, the Vatican said Tuesday. The initiative was launched as part of preparations for the sainting of John Paul II and John XXIII (1958-63) on April 17, in the first double papal canonisation ceremony in Church history. "This way, the popes remain among us thanks to their voices," Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi told journalists.

Voices of the popes: Vatican Radio puts its archive online

The voices of popes from as early as 1884 can be heard by the public after the digitalisation of 8,000 tapes from the Vatican Radio's pontifical archives, the Vatican said Tuesday. The initiative was launched as part of preparations for the sainting of John Paul II and John XXIII (1958-63) on April 17, in the first double papal canonisation ceremony in Church history. "This way, the popes remain among us thanks to their voices," Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi told journalists.
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