Aretha Franklin Issues Public Apology To The Pope For Doing This…

Posted On : October 3, 2015
PHILADELPHIA, PA - SEPTEMBER 26: Pope Francis (R) looks on as Aretha Franklin performs during the Festival of Families on September 26, 2015 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Pope Francis is wrapping up his trip to the United States with two days in Philadelphia where he will attend the Festival of Families and will meet with prisoners at the Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
Pope Francis (R) looks on as Aretha Franklin performs during the Festival of Families on September 26, 2015 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

When Aretha Franklin performed at the Festival of Families in Philly this past weekend (9-26-2015), she caught some backlash for not doing this one thing for the Pope. She forgot to greet him when she stepped on stage where he was sitting before she sang “Amazing Grace” to the massive crowd there to enjoy the festivities and see Pope Francis in person.

People blasted Aretha on social media after noticing that all of the other performers of that night- including Sister Sledge, the festival’s emcee Mark Wahlberg, and others- greeted the Pope either before they started their performances, or immediately after prior to exiting the stage.
aretha and the pope

Yesterday (October 1, 2015), ‘Queen ReRe’s’ publicist released this statement to offer her version of what happened and to publicly apologize to the Pope for any perceived disrespect on her part:

"I met His Holiness backstage. We shook hands and I curtsied," Franklin said in the statement circulated by her publicist. "I gave him a boxed set of sermons by my father, theologian Rev. C.L. Franklin. He asked me to pray for him as he had asked others to pray for him during his appearances. His interpreter was there and Secret Service."
Franklin added, "Considerable time lapsed between my meeting with him and my performance. I didn't realize he was right behind me when I sang 'Amazing Grace.' "

It doesn’t sound like Aretha meant to diss the Pope on stage, it just sounds like she was in her zone and doing what she does best – taking folks to chuuurch and wowing the crowd like only Ms. Aretha, the ‘Queen diva’ can. Maybe the social media world will cut her some slack once they read her apology.

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