Now that a Florida church is celebrating the U2charist, perhaps Bono has an even better excuse to meet with the second pope of his career. I doubt that’s how this news came about, but Bono clearly knows how to work his Vatican connections.
ARTINFO reports Bono is one of several artists to meet with Pope Benedict XVI in November to assist the Vatican in its effort to bring back “the special historical relationship between faith and art”; what better place to do so than in the Sistine Chapel, which of course is home to Michelangelo’s stunning frescoes. A progressive effort on the church’s part, one I’m sure Annie Lennox wouldn’t find “irresponsible.”
Oh, to be a fly on the wall in the Sistine Chapel. When Bono met Pope John Paul II in 2005, the pontiff took an interest in the singer’s sunglasses: “I said ‘Holy father, do you want a pair of fly shades?’ and he said ‘yes’ and he put them on.” Now if we can snag a picture with Pope Benedict wearing Bono’s fly shades, our collection will be complete!