Popstar Madonna tweeted at Pope Francis, asking for a meeting "to discuss some important matters."
Madonna, whose birth name is Madonna Louise Ciccone, made the plea on Wednesday, seemingly out of the blue.
"Hello Pontifex Francis — I'm a good Catholic. I Swear! I mean I don't Swear!" Madonna wrote. "It's been a few decades since my last confession. Would it be possible to meet up one day to discuss some important matters?"
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Hello @Pontifex Francis —I’m a good Catholic. I Swear! I mean I don’t Swear! Its been a few decades since my last confession. Would it be possible to meet up one day to discuss some important matters ?— Madonna (@Madonna) May 5, 2022
I’ve been ex communicated 3 times. It doesn’t seem fair. Sincerely Madonna
"I've been excommunicated [three] times," the 63-year-old singer wrote. "It doesn't seem fair."
Meanwhile, the Pope has yet to respond publicly to the popstar's tweet.
Madonna has often featured Catholic symbols in her music, resulting in occasional blasphemy according to the Catholic Church. In her 1989 music video, "Like a Prayer," Madonna is seen with stigmata on her hands as she sings and kisses a black saint in a church. As a result, Pope John Paul II encouraged Catholics to boycott her music and tour.
Later, when Madonna was on tour in Rome in 2008, she tried to get Pope John Paul II's attention, just before she performed the controversial song that got her in hot water with the Catholic Church.
"I dedicate this song to the Pope because I'm a child of God," Madonna said.
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Only the blessing of a Catholic bishop would be needed to reverse Madonna's excommunication. Popes have been known to reinstate excommunicated members in extreme cases.