Roberto Benigni, actor of ‘Life is Beautiful’, steals the spotlight from Pope Francis in the Vatican | World

Roberto Benigni, actor of ‘Life is Beautiful’, steals the spotlight from Pope Francis in the Vatican | World
Roberto Benigni, actor of ‘Life is Beautiful’, steals the spotlight from Pope Francis in the Vatican | World

Last Sunday, May 26, Roberto Benigni captured attention during the closing mass of the first World Children’s Day, in St. Peter’s Square, with a monologue and momentarily eclipsed Pope Francis. The Oscar winner, remembered for his moving performance in ‘Life is Beautiful,’ added a touch of humor to a largely religious ceremony. At first he pretended to have forgotten to greet the pope and then asked him to dance a tango. Furthermore, jokingly, he stated that, perhaps, among the little ones was the next African pontiff or woman..

The actor surprised the 50,000 attendees at the Vatican mass by making an unexpected appearance in the atrium of St. Peter’s Square. The famous Italian actor and director was among the faithful who attended the religious ceremony. His presence did not go unnoticed, and he quickly became the center of attention, due to his easy way of expressing himself.

The famous Italian actor and director was among the faithful who attended the religious ceremony. Photo: Filipo Monteforte / AFP

Actor Roberto Benigni steals the Pope’s spotlight

Roberto Benigni added a touch of humor to the closing of the mass by initially greeting all the ‘important’ people and pretending to have forgotten the pope. After ‘ignoring’ the pope, the actor told him: “I would like to go hug you, or dance a tango, since you are Argentine.” Therefore, as she finally approached to greet him with a kiss on each cheek, she was mentioning: “Before entering, two Swiss guards approached me and said: ‘Mr. Benigni, you can do whatever you want, except one thing, no. can touch the pope’. A kiss, I should be able to give him a kiss. “What good are kisses if they can’t be given?”

“I would like to go hug you, or dance a tango,” Roberto Benigni told Pope Francis. Photo: Filipo Monteforte / AFP

He also encouraged him to apply together. “Your Holiness, I have an idea: let’s run together for the next elections. Let’s put the name Jorge Mario Bergoglio, said Francisco, on the ballot and we will win immediately,” she expressed in a happy tone. Benigni’s appearance at the mass generated a lot of interest and curiosity among those present, so he managed to take the Pope’s limelight for a moment, during the almost half hour that his monologue lasted.

What was Roberto Benigni’s monologue about?

During his monologue, full of his characteristic enthusiasm and humor, he addressed mainly the children, whom he invited not to stop dreaming. “You have to always dream, never stop,” he expressed.

Roberto Benigni addressed mainly the children, whom he invited not to stop dreaming. Photo: Filipo Monteforte / AFP

Roberto Benigni addressed mainly the children, whom he invited not to stop dreaming. Photo: Filipo Monteforte / AFP

“They are our future, the joy of tomorrow, something wonderful. Perhaps among us is the new Michelangelo, the new Galileo, the new Rita Levi Montalcini. Or maybe there is the new pope, you never know. This is the city of the Lord, the kingdom of God, everything is possible, even for one of you to become Pope, perhaps the first African or Asian in history, or from the Testaccio neighborhood, and a woman, the first woman dad of history,” he said vehemently.

In short, Roberto Benigni’s monologue was a mix of inspiration, humor and wisdom, aimed at both the children and adults present in St. Peter’s Square.

 
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