Interruption: Queen Elizabeth II, reconciler.

Britain's Queen Elizabeth meets students from Cashel Community School at the Rock of Cashel, also known as St. Patrick's Rock, in County Tipperary, Ireland, May 20, 2011 (CNS photo/Reuters).
Queen Elizabeth meets young people at Cashel, Ireland, 2011. CNS

Follow the link to an appreciation of Queen Elizabeth II as an agent of reconciliation, in particular in the Irish context, written in 2016 by Fr Matt Malone SJ for America magazine. It says more than we can in genuine praise of our late Queen.

A short extract. ‘Queen Elizabeth had never visited the Republic of Ireland. Yet she was determined to make the trip, motivated in large part by her sense of Christian duty to reconcile the estranged, to be a healer of the breach. “God sent into the world a unique person—neither a philosopher nor a general (important though they are)—but a Saviour, with the power to forgive,” she said in her Christmas broadcast that year. “Forgiveness lies at the heart of the Christian faith. It can heal broken families, it can restore friendships and it can reconcile divided communities. It is in forgiveness that we feel the power of God’s love.” ‘

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