The View’s Whoopi Goldberg cried after Pope Francis praised her as “very important” during a visit to Vatican City

By Kirsty McCormack for Dailymail.Com

20:47 16 October 2023, updated 20:47 16 October 2023

  • Whoopi, 67, traveled to Italy last week to meet with Pope Francis in Vatican City
  • The actress described the head of the Catholic Church as “amazing and progressive.”
  • The View host gifted the 86-year-old a DVD and soundtrack from Sister Act

The View’s Whoopi Goldberg was overcome with emotion when she recalled that Pope Francis deemed her “very important” when she was finally introduced to the religious leader last week — more than a decade after she tried to instigate the meeting.

And it seems Whoopi, 67, wasn’t the only one who was fascinated by the face-to-face meeting with the Pope, 86, who was very happy to get his hands on some Sister Act merchandise.

Whoopi, who played Sister Mary Clarence in the hit musical, praised the “amazing” and “progressive” character, before admitting he was also “funny”.

Recalling the meeting on Monday’s show, she said: “You can’t always get together and say things to people, and I thought, ‘Okay, I’m going to walk into this building and it’s going to catch fire.'” … As it turns out, I didn’t do that, and I brought him some stuff from Sister Act.

Whoopi Goldberg became emotional during Monday’s episode of The View when she recalled her meeting with Pope Francis last week
The 67-year-old actress was lucky enough to enjoy a meet and greet with the religious figure
Whoopi teased her meeting with the Pope on Instagram last week, saying it was a “great honor” to spend time with him.

“That’s what he asked for, right?” Sunny Hostin, 54, asked as Whoopi nodded and repeated: “That’s what he asked for.”

When Whoopi met face-to-face with Pope Francis, they shook hands and he, accompanied by a translator, told her: “It is a pleasure to meet you.” I’m really glad to meet you.

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‘And you. “I wanted to thank you for everything…” Whoopi replied, introducing her daughter, Alexandria Martin, before telling Pope Francis: “And my family.”

He then told her that she was “very important,” and she laughed and replied, “Not as important as you.”

She went on to provide a large picture of herself as Sister Mary Clarence, as well as a DVD and the film’s soundtrack.

When he pointed to the red high-heeled shoes she wears in the movie, Whoopi laughed and said, “Yes, you know, we’re trying to help bring sisterhood into the 21st century, but this is ridiculous.”

Then Pope Francis said: “One of the best things you can do for people is to help them have joy and make them laugh.”

She said: Yes, I’m trying.

When they returned to the studio, everyone applauded, and Sunny commented, “Awesome!” Ana Navarro, 51, told Whoopi: “You’re emotional!”

The child’s mother explained: “Talking to him, he was absolutely amazing. He is exactly what I hoped he would be, a pope for all people regardless of religion, which I really appreciate.”

Whoopi revealed that Pope Francis requested some Sister Act merchandise and she gladly obliged, gifting him the DVD and soundtrack of the film.
Oscar winner described Pope Francis as ‘amazing’ and ‘progressive’
Whoopi’s daughter Alexandria Martin was lucky enough to meet Pope Francis in Rome as well
Whoopi said she wanted to thank the Pope “to all my gay friends and to all my divorced friends.”

And I wanted to thank him for all my gay friends, and for all my divorced friends because he said to me, ‘Listen, God loves you no matter what, come back to church,’ and I appreciated that.”

“He’s very progressive for a pope,” Sunny said, while Whoopi continued: “He’s very progressive.” He’s human, as it turns out, which I really liked and he does his best to be human to everyone.

“Because he knows we are all flawed.” He’s flawed, I’m flawed, you’re flawed, but he says, ‘Listen, we can do the best we can, give the best we’ve got.’

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“So, I don’t know that this is going to bring me back into the church, but what happened?” He gave me good A reason not to give up… There’s something out there, and it’s there for everyone, whatever your religion, it doesn’t matter.’

Anna asked if he had “a great sense of humor,” and Whoopi replied, “He’s funny!”

Alyssa Farrah Griffin, 34, admitted she was “obsessed” with the fact that Pope Francis knew about the Sister Act films.

“Listen, I don’t know what any of that means, but I know I feel better because I’m paying the feeI love “Someone out there likes me… that’s the best way I can put it,” Whoopi said before confirming that the Pope “seems fine” when asked about his health.

Whoopi teased her “awesome” experience on Instagram – and appeared to be teasing the idea of ​​Sister Act 3 taking place in Vatican City.

She asked her 1.3 million followers to “photograph Sister Act and all the nuns standing here waiting for the Pope to come out” as she stood in front of St Peter’s Square.

“Maybe it will happen in the movie, you never know,” she continued. But we are in Rome and we are in Vatican City.

The TV star told her hosts – including Sarah Haines – that Pope Francis was “funny” and had a great sense of humour.
Whoopi played Sister Mary Clarence/Delores Van Cartier in Sister Act and Sister Act 2.
Dame Maggie Smith starred alongside Whoopi as the Reverend Mother in both films

Whoopi, who attended a Catholic school, is currently preparing to return to the habit in the third installment of Sister Act, 30 years after she appeared on screens as singer Delores Van Cartier, who launches a choir after taking refuge in a convent while on the run. From the mob.

She is desperate to convince her former co-star, Dame Maggie Smith, to reprise her role as Mother Superior, and insists that… “I can’t do it” without her.

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Disney officially announced in 2020 that a follow-up to 1992’s Sister Act and 1993’s Sister Act 2: Back to Habit was in the works.

For a long time, they kept saying that no one wanted to see it. “It turns out that may not be true,” Whoopi said during an appearance on The Late Late Show with James Corden in October 2020.

“People might want to see it.” So, we’re working hard to try to figure out how to get the gang back together and back.

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