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A look back at Queen Elizabeth II’s encounters with five popes — Pius XII, John XXIII, John Paul II, Benedict XVI and Francis…

With the Royal Family gathering in Balmoral Castle Thursday amid concerns for Queen Elizabeth II’s health, Catholic bishops in England and Wales have offered their prayers for her and her family. 

Queen Elizabeth, who turned 96 in April, is England’s longest-serving monarch, having acceded to the throne in 1952 at age 25 after the death of her father, King George VI. In June, the United Kingdom celebrated Elizabeth’s Platinum Jubilee, marking 70 years as monarch.

Here is a look back at the five popes whom she met in her lifetime: 

Pope Francis in 2014

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