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Madonna Pays Tribute To Pope

Madonna dedicated a song to Pope Francis during her show in Philadelphia last night.

The pop superstar performed at the Wells Fargo Center just days before the Pontiff is due to head to the city as part of his U.S. visit.

Madonna made reference to his trip while on stage, joking that he is visiting the same cities as her Rebel Heart Tour.

She told the audience, 'The pope is stalking me. Either he's a copycat or he's secretly in love with me.'

The Like A Virgin hitmaker, who was raised a Catholic, also talked about her issues with the Church. She has previously infuriated Catholic leaders with religious themes in her videos and stage show.

Madonna even incurred the wrath of the Catholic League by including dancers dressed as nuns on her current tour.

'Rules are for fools. That's why I like the new pope. He seems very open-minded,' she declared at the gig. 'I've been excommunicated from the Catholic Church three times. It shows the Vatican really cares.'

She went on to dedicate her version of La Vie en Rose to the Pope, saying, 'Since Popey-wopey is on his way over here (to Philadelphia), I want to dedicate this song to him.'



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I was at the show in Philly. Her comments were tongue in cheek and certainly not disrespectful to the Pope at all, contrary to what the media would want you to believe.

The show itself was amazing, and I was so happy she sang Ghost town. Her voice is magnificent on this tour and she sings most of the songs live. I heard Boston got Who's That Girl as well, which I don't recall hearing in Philly. Her energy is off the charts and I loved the treatment of her older songs. And I really really loved Holy Water.... The playful sexuality of the delivery of the song was classic Madonna.


I wish she'd stop hinting that she wants certain people to meet her - first Obama, now the Pope.

On this, her older attitude was better than this newer one. "If the Pope/Obama wants to see me, he can buy tickets like everyone else."

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