When Pope Francis was visiting America last month, Madonna gave him a shoutout at one of her shows. Will she be giving him a formal invite to one of her concerts next? Although her Rebel Heart tour contains some potentially controversial religious references -- pole dancing nuns, to be exact -- Madonna tells Rolling Stone she thinks the pope would enjoy her show.
“I do, actually, because at the end of the day, the message of my show is about love, and that's his message,” she says.
Of course, Madonna’s had a long and contentious history with the Catholic Church. She was raised Catholic, but claims to have been excommunicated three times for various indiscretions. During her Blond Ambition Tour, the pope at the time tried to ban her show in Rome. But Madonna says Pope Francis seems different.
“I'll state the obvious and say that he seems like he's a much more open-minded individual, who seems to be moving outside of the dogma of the Catholic Church that has been set in stone since the days of Constantine,” she says. “So I think it's good.”
She adds, “And I also believe that he's the kind of Pope you could sit down and have a cup of tea with, and/or that you could make a joke about something and he would laugh about it.”
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