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Elton John Tells Crowd of Stars and Donors: “Pope Francis is My Hero–Make Him a Saint Already!”
by Roger Friedman - October 29, 2014 5:52 am

Elton John and David Furnish threw their annual AIDS fundraiser in New York Tuesday, with Sir Elton sitting down at the piano and playing his hits for the well-heeled, formal-clad crowd at Cipriani Wall Street. (UPDATE: They raised $3.7 million.)

The audience was more star studded than usual: Alec Baldwin with wife Hilaria, Mike Myers and his wife Kelly, Al Roker and Deborah Roberts, Matt Lauer, Cynthia McFadden, even New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and his lady friend, famous cook book author and lifestyle personality Sandra Lee was there. I ran into famed director Baz Luhrmann and his multiple Oscar wining wife Cahterine Martin as well.

Anderson Cooper was the emcee, as usual. Robert Kraft, owner of the New England Patriots, is a huge EJAF supporter. Other guests included Padma Lakshmi of “Top Chef,” Tommy Hilfiger, Neil Patrick Harris, and Tony winner Judith Light with actor husband Robert Desiderio.

Sir Elton spoke passionately about ending AIDS in his lifetime to the point that the EJAF could cease to exist. And he had high praise for the Vatican. “Pope Francis my hero,” he said, praising the Pontiff lavishly for his efforts to educate about AIDS and change international attitudes. The Pope should be doing the Crocodile Rock this morning after hearing so many compliments !

“He is a compassionate, loving man who wants everybody to be included in the love of God,” Sir Elton said of the pope. “It is formidable what he is trying to do against many, many people in the church that opposes. He is courageous and he is fearless, and that’s what we need in the world today.” He added: “Make him a saint already, ok?”

Elton and David are true mensches. Their charity is one of the most effective in the world when it comes to raising money and disbursing it for AIDS research and programs. They are far more frugal with their administrative money than some other more publicized groups, that’s for sure.

I heard a priest here slipped and accidentally said "Pope St. Francis."

So pope Francis is working for everybody to be included in the love of God? Apparently this guy is living in God's hatred—I doubt he would survive much divine hatred  :eyeroll:
This sort of this is said and/or reported just to rile Catholics. Liberals love it, of course. We should develop a mindfulness of the motives behind these statements. Become Zen with regards to nonsense. :LOL:
I thought it was obvious that Francis has been running for saint since he was elected. What the heck, what's one more pope who doesn't deserve it. And the rules have been changed to make them so lax, might as well name him while he's still alive.
Perhaps Pope Francis will be canonized, given the rate the CDF is going...perhaps Reginald Dwight (aka Elton John) will be brought in as an "ecumenical advisor"  :LOL:
It may all be true: I haven't particularly followed what Pope Francis is doing for AIDS patients.  Perhaps Elton John really does admire him for this.  Unfortunately, many admire Pope Francis for many wrong reasons.  Unfortunately, the average person has trouble making distinctions between concepts like "the Pope doesn't condemn all gay people to hell" and "the Pope believes it is okay to have homosexual sex."  It is a difficult situation for anyone defending the actual teachings of the Catholic Faith.  Anyone who disagrees with the Church's teachings is likely to hold up Francis as their example, and it is hard to convince them that their entire perception of the man is incorrect (it is also problematic because it requires teaching them that the current Pope's personal opinions are not automatically Catholic dogma, a concept that people also have trouble understanding).
People who hate the Church love Francis. Christ tells us what we should make of this:

If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. (John 15:19)