Celebrities Who Support Pope Francis
Kerry Washington, Oprah Winfrey, Jim Gaffigan and more express their praise.
Pope Francis has captured many headlines the past few days as he travels from Washington, D.C., to New York City to Philadelphia.
However, the love Americans have for Pope Francis started well before he came to the U.S., and celebrities — both Catholic and non-Catholic — have been quick to express their positive feelings about him.
Here are 10 celebrities who have been vocal about their support for Pope Francis:
"I think he's so special. I think he's so humble and so focused on service — just really focused on doing good in the world," Kerry Washington said on Live With Kelly and Michael. "Not being judgmental. Letting God be the judge." She joked that he was her celebrity crush.
Mark Wahlberg is a devout Catholic who says he goes to church every day. He sees his religion as a very personal part of his life. The actor is hosting the Festival of Families outdoor event in Philadelphia on Saturday in honor of Pope Francis' visit. The pope is scheduled to attend. "As a Catholic, I credit much of my success to my faith,” Wahlberg said in a release about the event. “It is an honor to be a part of welcoming Pope Francis to Philadelphia and I am humbled to join this celebration.”
Comedian Jim Gaffigan will be performing at the Festival of Families as well. "Pope Francis is bigger than Justin Bieber," he said in a recent interview. "I guess you could say the Pope is like a Catholic superhero. You've got the cape, the hat, heck his car is even called the Pope-mobile." Gaffigan, who is Catholic, said he thinks Catholics and non-Catholics are opening up to Pope Francis because he is warm, genuine and, most important, humble. "It's so nice to hear a world leader say, 'Who am I to judge.' "
"Look I'm not Catholic," said Russell Crowe on Good Morning America. "I've never felt any connection with any previous pope, but I like this guy!" Crowe even traveled to the Vatican to try and get an endorsement for his film Noah, and briefly met with Pope Francis. "He's changing the tone of the way you regard the pope," Crowe said. "And I think it is a magnificent thing. I was very privileged and humbled to be in that environment."
"This new pope is like the Floyd Mayweather of popes," tweeted Chris Rock. "I might be crazy but I got this weird feeling that the new pope might be the greatest man alive."
This new pope is like the Floyd mayweather of popes.— Chris Rock (@chrisrock) September 21, 2013
"I love this pope," Susan Sarandon said in a recent interview. "He’s humble — he doesn’t live in the palatial whatever. I think he’s a Pope of the people."
Martin Sheen joined other celebrities to host a two-hour show for the Archdiocese of New York on Friday ahead of Pope Francis' Mass at Madison Square Garden on Friday. “That’s really the vigor of Christ on Earth, to be that human,” the Catholic actor said while talking about Pope Francis in an interview with Radio Times. “Man, this guy, Francis. Give thanks and praise.”
Jane Fonda is not Catholic but she talked about how much she liked Pope Francis on Twitter in 2013. "Gotta love new Pope," she tweeted. He cares about poor, hates dogma. Unlike US Congress. Cutting $40bil from food stamps!! Uh Oh."
Gotta love new Pope. He cares about poor, hates dogma. Unlike US Congress. Cutting $40bil from food stamps!! Uh Oh.— Jane Seymour Fonda (@Janefonda) September 20, 2013
"This pope is inspiring for me as an American, as a woman, as a Catholic," Maria Shriver told People while covering the Pope Francis' D.C. speech as NBC's special anchor to The Today Show. "It was really very moving to be here."
"Your holiness, I wanted to take a moment to extend my warmest welcome to you," Oprah Winfrey said in a video she filmed ahead of Pope Francis' U.S. visit. "I hold your life and work in the highest esteem."