Pope in Bono’s sunglasses

Pope in Bono’s sunglasses

Have you heard the story about Bono of the rock band U2 meeting the Pope? Bono who is Catholic was big in the Jubilee Year fighting for Third World debt relief, part of the Pope’s agenda for the year. When they met the Holy Father put on Bono’s sunglasses. On “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” in November 2003, Bono recounted the meeting:

“This is an amazing—this was an amazing moment for all of us gathered, actually. I just said to him, “I know you’re a very—you’re a holy man, but I know you are a showman.” And noticed him spotting the fly shades as I was walking up to him, so I just gave them to him, and he put them on, and he made this kind of wicked smile. The cameras flashed, and I thought, “we’re on the front page of every newspaper for the work we’re doing in africa. This is great.” But actually, the people in the Vatican didn’t quite have the same—

>> Jay: Couldn’t take to the—

>> So it’s never been seen, and maybe one day, but it was very moving to be in his presence.

Well, somebody smuggled the photo out of the Vatican because the web site at the first link above got a copy, or to be more exact, a photo of the photo in a display at a Harvard economic forum. Here it is. I’d love to find a better copy of it.