Madonna,who's with plenty of experience tangling with the Vatican has given Pope Francis her endorsement during his first U.S. visit.
At her concert Thursday night in Philadelphia, where Francis is scheduled this weekend to make the last stop of his tour, a tongue-in-cheek Madonna dedicated a section of her show to him.
She later announced: 'Rules are for fools. That's why I like the new pope. He seems very open-minded.'that was just one of many comments about Francis at a concert that featured lots of religious imagery, including female performers wearing nuns' habits — and little else — pole dancing on crosses
'The pope is stalking me,' she said, noting she recently performed in New York, where Francis is until Saturday morning. 'Either he's a copycat or he's secretly in love with me.'
After climbing up on a table in a clingy, shimmering dress, the 57-year-old provocateur said: 'I made it. Can the pope do that?'
And then: 'I've been excommunicated from the Catholic Church three times. It shows the Vatican really cares,' she joked
'Since Popey-wopey is on his way over here, I want to dedicate this song to him,' she said before launching into a heartfelt version of 'La Vie en Rose.'
Following her concert on Thursday, Madonna took to social media to gush about the Pope's impending visit, once again complimenting the figure.
'Shhhhhhhh.................the Pope is in my neighborhood! Im hoping he pays me a visit! He seems very open minded. hes a [heart emoji] ️#rebelheart 2,' she wrote.