The singer is famous for her tensions with the Catholic Church. Her 1989 music video for the song “Like a Prayer” – featuring burning crosses and a sacrilegious depiction of Jesus – was banned by the Vatican, with Italian Roman Catholic historian Roberto de Mattei saying at the time: “The video is a blasphemy and insult because it shows immorals inside a church.”
Pope John Paul II also encouraged fans to boycott Madonna in Italy and not attend her Blond Ambition tour.
In a tweet on Thursday (5 May), Madonna tagged the head of the Catholic Church, writing: “Hello @Pontifex Francis – I’m a good Catholic. I Swear! I mean I don’t Swear!
“Its [sic] been a few decades since my last confession. Would it be possible to meet up one day to discuss some important matters?”
Madonna also came under fire for staging a mock crucifixion during a concert in Rome in 2006, leading to Cardinal Ersilio Tonino, speaking with the approval of Pope Benedict XVI, saying: “This time the limits have really been pushed too far.
“This concert is a blasphemous challenge to the faith and a profanation of the cross. She should be excommunicated,” according to the Independent.
Next month, Madonna will release a new retrospective album to celebrate 50 number one hits on the Billboard Dance Club. The tracklist will include Madonna’s hit numbers like “Vogue”, “Like a Prayer”, “Music” and “Hung Up”.
Pope Francis is set to arrive in Baghdad today on the first ever visit of a Catholic pontiff to Iraq although its Christian communities are among the world’s most ancient.
Pope Francis has done Iraq a great service. His visit, the first ever by a Catholic pontiff, put that martyred country back on the map of world news for three historic days.
The Pope will hold an open-air mass for some 135,000 Catholics in Abu Dhabi
As the kids were small he bought Baby II for all of his six kids. The cost of each of these six ‘baby’ cars is around $40,000. The children chose one ‘Baby II’ of their favourite colors Orange, Yellow, White, Green, Red, and Blue.
Mexican experts say the number of monarch butterflies that arrived this year to winter in mountaintop forests rose by 35% compared to the previous season.
Designed by Giovanni Versace himself in 1987, the dress also features a taffeta flourish at the waist which closes into a voluminous bow at the back.