Madonna has officially given Pope Francis her blessing. The 57-year-old “Like a Virgin” singer reportedly dedicated some of her Thursday night concert in Philadelphia to Francis, where he is expected to pull the curtain this weekend on his first tour to the United States.
“Rules are for fools. That’s why I like the new pope,” Madonna told her audience. “He seems very open-minded.”
The New York Post reports the concert featured tons of “religious imagery,” including pole dancing on crosses and female performers wearing nuns’ habits.
“The pope is stalking me,” she continued, while explaining she performed in New York recently, where Francis will be until Saturday. “Either he’s a copycat or he’s secretly in love with me.”
Wearing a tight, shimmery dress, the singer then climbed up on a table, before saying, “I made it. Can the pope do that?”
Madonna, who was raised a Roman Catholic, then said: “I’ve been excommunicated from the Catholic Church three times. It shows the Vatican really cares.”
“Since Popey-Wopey is on his way over here, I want to dedicate this song to him,” she said before performing “La Vie en Rose.”
The “Material Girl” reportedly took her stage antics to another level earlier this week, when she allegedly offered forgiveness to a dancer who was late if he got on his knees and kissed her feet.
“The dancer was only a few minutes late and apologizing like crazy,” a source told The New York Daily News, who added it was hard to tell if she was joking. “She’s such a perfectionist.”
The insider said those who sign up to work with Madonna know exactly what they’re getting into.
“The first thing that happens is that (organizers) throw out all the water bottles because she can’t stand seeing half empty bottles,” said the source. “Then they dim the lights and light candles because she likes the room to look and smell a certain way.”