VIDEO. At the Vatican, actor Roberto Benigni has fun and surprises the Pope during a mass

VIDEO. At the Vatican, actor Roberto Benigni has fun and surprises the Pope during a mass
VIDEO. At the Vatican, actor Roberto Benigni has fun and surprises the Pope during a mass

To kiss the pope or not? Italian actor and director Roberto Benigni put on a show in front of Pope Francis during a mass at the Vatican on Sunday, May 26, at the closing of the first World Children’s Day at the Vatican. At the end of an essentially religious ceremony, the artist with three Oscars first addressed “an affectionate greeting to all the children, the sick, the mothers, the fathers, the grandparents, the caregivers, the cardinals, the important people, the mayor of Rome, the Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni…”

“I would like to hug you”

He adds, pretending to forget the sovereign pontiff: “I greeted the most important ones… No one is missing… Is there anyone else to greet? » Laughter among the public in Saint-Pierre Square which suddenly finds itself transformed into a theater stage.

Roberto Benigni immediately turned to the Pope and said: “I would like to hug you, I would like to come and kiss you, to dance a tango here, since you are Argentinian. But before entering, two Swiss guards approached me and said: “Mr. Benigni, you can do anything you want, except touch the Pope.” » A kiss, a kiss I can give, what are kisses for if you can’t give them? “, continued the actor before approaching the Pope and kissing him on both cheeks.

The first female pope?

According to AFP, the actor continued in the same tone for half an hour, alternating humor and advice to children, offering Francis to be his running mate for the next pope election or telling children to cultivate their dreams because among them is perhaps the first African or Asian pope or the first female pope.

All those who remember a cult moment at the Cannes Film Festival in 1998, when Roberto Benigni received the Grand Prize for his film Life is beautiful, are not surprised by the actor’s twirling attitude at the Vatican

The Argentine pope, 87, began the mass, which was also attended by the head of the Italian government Giorgia Meloni, by asking the children to “pray above all for peace” and by replacing a long homily at the last minute with a mini- catechism lesson.

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