Bono Honoured Pope

Bono paid tribute to Pope John Paul II during U2's show in Anaheim, California on April 2.

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Bono paid tribute to Pope John Paul II during U2's show in Anaheim, California on April 2, according to NME.

Five songs into the Dublin band's sold out concert at the Anaheim Pond the singer began speaking about the head of the Catholic Church, who passed away Saturday evening at the age of 84. I met the Holy Father and I was so taken by this showman, even if I didn't agree with everything he said, the singer, whose father was Roman Catholic, said to the crowd as the band began playing the intro to new song "Miracle Drug".

Bono carried on speaking about a time six years ago, when he met the church head and gave the Pope his trademark sunglasses. I said 'Holy Father, do you want a pair of fly shades?' and he said 'yes' and he put them on and he made a face kind of like this.

After scrunching his face to resemble Pope John Paul II, Bono showed the crowd he still carries with him a token of their meeting. He reached out and gave me this sort of crooked cross. It was designed by Michelangelo. They're my rosaries and I wear them around my neck, and I take them off and put them in my pocket during a rock show, you understand [why].

The band then launched into the full version of "Miracle Drug" which Bono dedicated to anyone who is sick. Before the U2's next song, recent single "Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own", Bono called out the name of the Pope - John Paul to the crowd and described him as an Italian who knew the right person to get into heaven.

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    BluesonaPaul
    gibsonLP68: who effin cares....catholics love the pope and mary more than GOD himself....wtf
    dude...shut the hell up...i bet ur not catholic so how would u kno...i am and i can damn well tell you that we dont worship any one or thing other that God...before you open your mouth and show every1 how ignorent you are, become more informed on things
    Spudric jr.III
    you scumbags have no respect for anything, Rot in peace??, a dead pole??. F.U.C.K you, you soulless *******s.
    pahoehoe13
    bono is a good man... its good of him to honor the pope, someone who is a better man than any of us could ever hope to be... god bless john paul ii - rest in peace
    RockinforLife87
    you guys are retarded, who bad talks the pope saying "rot in peace"? wtf?!? I'm not catholic but if i was i would be super pissed. And who the hell cares about grammar? every1 every1 every1, big damned deal.
    THC-Llama
    GRAMMER,the pope is a pole,a dead pole,bono gives off slightly homosexual ghandi vibes...go jewish people!
    CreedSUCKS DIRK
    wow. Here's an idea: how about you learn how to spell, use correct gramar, and take the time to type "everyone" instead of "every1" before you open your mouth and show everyone how "ignorent" you are, *******.
    yucrying
    i think bono did a great thing to honour the pope. i wish i could c the pope in bonos sunglasses. that would be the funniest thing ever
    InSaynePig
    yeah the pope did have sum pretty narrow minded beliefs that i certainly dont agree with, nut good on him for at least standing on what he believed and good on bono for honoring him that way
    totenkopf
    Well.....I don't think anybody here actually knew the pope. But anyways, he was a good man, though I disagreed with him on some issues. R.I.P.
    MetallicAt121
    im not even catholic but man if you can be that disrespecting to a person then you need a ass whooping and fast!
    madefortvmovie
    uh.... the pope was polish... but thats great that he did that in memory of the pope. Regardless of your faith or beliefs, you have got to respect the pope for having touched so many people.
    anubiss2112
    you know, i gotta love how the death of the pope (God rest his soul) has created so much fighting on this post. i mean, viciousness in his memory? come on now. im certainly not against a civil debate, but enough with the rather vile attacks on the pope and against Catholics.
    Hypnot1st
    I hope nobody think I personally was trying to disrespect the Pope, I do respect him but I am not religious I also forgot to say R.I.P.
    queen471
    gRimLock^: bono sucks i wana kill him if he ever tried to put his shit glass to the pope il slaughter his body 2 bits then vandalize walls with his shit blood *** you bono *** you you piece of shit u2 sucks big tym lol. oh my life, you have some serious anger managment issues.
    gRimLock^
    pray 4 the pope kiLL bono if ever he tried to put his unfashionable shades 2 the pope
    gRimLock^
    pray 4 the pope kiLL bono if ever he tried to put his unfashionable glass 2 the pope
    metal_til_im_60
    rhcp_girl: Pope John Paul II is the first religious leader in a hell of a long time to try and improve relations between jews, Muslims and Catholics, ok? I would say that means he deserves a bit of respect...even if I don't personally agree with some of hit other opinions.
    Don't you mean Jews, Muslims, and Chistians?
    slashVR
    slashvr, are you retarded? hes the first pope that was not italian, he was polish. he hid away from the nazis in his own home country, and had to deal with communism from the soviets during his life. just because he happens to be located in rome doesnt mean hes blood italian.
    I know that now you stupid pr!ck, Iv'e already corrected myself on that!(thanks mrbassman lol)
    dreid_77447: all you morons arguing on where the pope is from, read this----he was born in KRAKOW, POLAND. HE WAS THE FIRST NON-ITALIAN POPE IN 455 YEARS. IF U DON'T BELIEVE ME, ASK A CATHOLIC PRIEST
    No one is arguing where the pope was born. You should read the rest of the posts efore posting anything yourself. You would have seen no one is arguing that.
    unknownalone
    the catholic church is full of corruption. maybe one day the illuminati will succeed...hehe
    dreid_77447
    all you morons arguing on where the pope is from, read this----he was born in KRAKOW, POLAND. HE WAS THE FIRST NON-ITALIAN POPE IN 455 YEARS. IF U DON'T BELIEVE ME, ASK A CATHOLIC PRIEST
    rhcp_girl
    Pope John Paul II is the first religious leader in a hell of a long time to try and improve relations between jews, Muslims and Catholics, ok? I would say that means he deserves a bit of respect...even if I don't personally agree with some of hit other opinions.
    dookii
    No, he was from Rome. Rome is in Italy. Check your globe lol. He is italian.
    He was from Poland you dumbass. He truly was a great man.
    HendrixEdge
    bono sucks i wana kill him if he ever tried to put his shit glass to the pope il slaughter his body 2 bits then vandalize walls with his shit blood *** you bono *** you you piece of shit u2 sucks big tym
    I needn't say anything at all .) nice one genius boy
    griff1987
    ^oh yeh, technically he lived in the Vatican and not Italy because the Vatican is a independent state/country
    griff1987
    He was from a small town in south Poland which is why they made a big deal about him living through nazi occupation and communism. he was also the first non-itailian for 400 years to be pope, if i remember rightly from history class i think there was a british pope once
    gRimLock^
    bono sucks i wana kill him if he ever tried to put his shit glass to the pope il slaughter his body 2 bits then vandalize walls with his shit blood *** you bono *** you you piece of shit u2 sucks big tym
    MattyB
    400 years since the last non-italian pope i think. I admire everything the pope has done during his time as pope. I'm actually going to Rome on wedneday. I've had it booked a long time but it will be cool to be a part of history. R.I.P John Paul II.
    HendrixEdge
    Bono doesn't believe in organised religion but has faith in God, go figure with what you want to call him
    nic_114
    even if I didn?t agree with everything he said an Italian (or Pole, but he did live in Italy) who knew the right person to get into heaven
    Hey is Bono a Christian and not Catholic? I just took it he was Catholic cause he was from Ireland (sorry for the stereotypes). By the way, Jesus is the only way to heaven
    MetallicAt121
    hey everyone its a fag on UG saying the pope should rot in peace u should ***in get on your knees and beg for forgiveness right now you ignorant dirty son of a bitch and who cares? how about the 1 billion roman catholics u little shit!
    A55Clown
    Hey look everyone, it's a dead horse... and we're kicking it. How many times do you dumb morons have to reply that the pope isn't the first non-italian, or wtf ever. Who cares, he's dead. BTW the pope was a fag hater. He refers to homosexuality as baiscally the incarnation of evil. I'm not gay (nor religious) but anyone who has his head that far up his own ass is a closed-minded douche bag. May he rot in peace.
    pw2004
    No, the pope is italian, he is from Rome.
    but no he wasnt. he was polish
    slashVR
    outlaw_torn2005: ?an Italian who knew the right person to get into heaven.? haha, the pope was Polish! Nice of Bono to say those things though, i really wish i could have seen John Paul with a pair of those sunglasses.
    No, the pope is italian, he is from Rome.
    Hypnot1st
    Actually, you the only requirment to be a Pope is a male willing to be ordained priest. Meaning a bum could become Pope if voted in, but Mother Teresa could never become Pope
    Goatface
    I wouldn't be surprised if Bono tried to run for Pope now. Seeing as he is a publicity and media *****.