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Pope Francis to meet prominent comedians in the Vatican

Household names such as Jimmy Fallon, Stephen Colbert, Conan O'Brian, Chris Rock, and Whoopi Goldberg, will be among the comedians Pope Francis will meet on Friday, 14 June, as he welcomes a group of international comedians and comic artists to the Vatican.

By Deborah Castellano Lubov

Pope Francis will meet with famous comedians in the Vatican on Friday, 14 June, the Holy See Press Office announced on Saturday.

The audience, jointly organized by the Vatican's Dicastery for Culture and Education and Dicastery for Communication, with more than 100 entertainers will take place in the Apostolic Palace at 8:30 a.m., and is intended to "establish a link" between the Catholic Church and such artists, the press release noted.

Promoting joy, peace, and hope

The upcoming meeting, it noted, aims to "celebrate the beauty of human diversity ... [and] promote a message of peace, love and solidarity". It "promises to be a moment of meaningful intercultural dialogue and sharing of joy and hope."

Household names such as Jimmy Fallon, Stephen Colbert, Conan O'Brien, Whoopi Goldberg, and Chris Rock are set to be among the comedians taking part from the United States.

Meanwhile, there will be comedians from all around the world, including from the UK and Ireland, present on Friday, with the largest group - fully two-thirds of the participants - being from Italy.

'Lord, give me a sense of humour'

The statement recalled Pope Francis during an interview with Italian TV channel TV2000 when he said that he prays daily in the words of St. Thomas More, asking the Lord to grant him a sense of humor.

The Holy Father in the past has acknowledged the power the art of comedy has to contribute to a more empathetic and sympathetic world; and had observed, during his June 2023 encounter with artists in the Sistine Chapel, that, after all, Scripture itself is rich in moments of irony.

On that occasion, the Pope likewise expressed to the artists gathered under Michelangelo's frescoes, his belief that humorists, including actors, artists, cartoonists, and writers, have "the ability to dream up new versions of the world," and often do so "with irony, which is a wonderful virtue."

The full list of artists taking part in the event can be consulted below.


1. Malena Guinzburg

1. Fabio Porchat
2. Cristiane Werson

1. Paula Arcila
2. Liss Pereira
3. Maribel Trujillo Botello

1. Redouane Bougheraba
2. François Cluzet
3. Manu Payet

1. Meltem Kaptan
2. Annette Frier
3. Michael Mittermeier
4. Till Reiners
5. Torsten Sträter

1. Ardal O’Hanlon
2. Tommy Tiernan
3. Patrick Kielty

1. Max Angioni
2. Lino Banfi
3. Federico Basso
4. Stefano Belisari [Elio]
5. Alessandro Bergonzoni
6. Don Giovanni Berti [Gioba]
7. Enrico Bertolino
8. Enrico Beruschi
9. Alessandro Besentini
10. Alessandro Betti
11. Luca Bizzarri
12. Massimo Boldi
13. Luca Bonafé
14. Enrico Brignano
15. Jerry Calà
16. Roberta Calcagno Baldini
17. Gabriele Cirilli
18. Raul Cremona
19. Geppi Cucciari
20. Pio D’Antino
21. Gianluca De Angelis
22. Cristian De Sica
23. Maria Di Biase
24. Pierfrancesco Diliberto
25. Emanuela Fanelli
26. Alberto Ferrari
27. Maurizio Ferrini
28. Nino Frassica
29. Andrea Fratellini
30. Giuseppe Giacobazzi
31. Gene Gnocchi
32. Valeria Graci
33. Amedeo Grieco
34. Caterina Guzzanti
35. Paolo Kessisoglu
36. Paolo Labati
37. Maurizio Lastrico
38. Roberto Lipari
39. Luciana Littizzetto
40. Brenda Lodigiani
41. Valerio Lundini
42. Andy Luotto
43. Leonardo Manera
44. Marco Marzocca
45. Paolo Migone
46. Elia Morra [Elianto]
47. Corrado Nuzzo
48. Silvio Orlando
49. Antonio Ornano
50. Enzo Paci
51. Mauro Pallotta [Maupal]
52. Davide Paniate
53. Cochi Ponzoni
54. Giacomo Poretti
55. Saverio Raimondo
56. Luca Ravenna
57. Riccardo Rossi
58. Mary Sarnataro
59. Giovanni Scifoni
60. Mario Simonotti
61. Giovanni Storti
62. Carlo Verdone
63. Giovanni Vernia
64. Francesco Villa
65. Michele Foresta
66. Giorgio Panariello
67. Michele La Ginestra

1. Florinda Meza García
2. Chumel Torres

1. Dorota Łoskot-Cichocka

1. Ricardo de Araujo Pereira
2. Joana Marques
3. Maria Rueff

1. Stephen Merchant

1. Cristina Castaño
2. Belen Cuesta Llamas
3. Sara Escudero Rodriguez
4. Victoria Martin

1. Stephen Colbert
2. Jimmy Fallon
3. Jim Gaffigan
4. Whoopi Goldberg
5. James Martin
6. Tig Notaro
7. Chris Rock
8. Conan O’ Brien

1. Hazel Brugger

1. Rivelino Barro Gonçalves

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08 June 2024, 13:14