Katy Perry and her ‘darling’ boyfriend Orlando Bloom met the Pope on Saturday as they attended a charity conference at Vatican City.
The singer looked humbled as she was met with Pope Francis at the fourth annual conference in honour of the Unite To Cure conference which gathers experts in health, entertainment, media and technology.
Lining up alongside a host of other experts, Katy and Orlando beamed as they met the leader during the event shortly after she had taken to her Instagram stories to reveal she was en route to speak about meditation.
Fond greetings: Katy Perry and her boyfriend Orlando Bloom met the Pope on Saturday as they attended a charity conference at Vatican City
Katy sported all-black – including a pillbox hat and a veil – as she met the leader alongside suit-clad Orlando, who was beaming.
The three-day international conference – which runs from Thursday to Saturday – discussed the effects of new technology on society and culture.
In addition to gathering experts in a range of fields, the event also saw the attendance from faith-based organizations and government representatives, who touched upon topics such as virtual reality and improving health care in less developed countries.
In her Instagram stories, she said: ‘Happy Saturday everyone, I’m here in Rome at the Vatican, to speak on meditation. I’m with my momma, my darling [Orlando], and my manager, Steve! It’s a great day! I am so excited!’
Meet and greet: The singer looked humbled as she was met with Pope Francis at the fourth annual conference in honour of the Unite To Cure conference which gathers experts in health, entertainment, media and technology
Fond greeting: Orlando was warmly greeting the leader as he clasped his hand
Nice to meet you: The Pope appeared in high spirits as he shook hands with Genesis star Peter Gabriel
Genesis star Peter Gabriel was also in attendance as a special guest at the event for his noted work in digital media.
The singer was brought up by devoutly Christian parents, Keith and Mary Hudson. Last year she discussed their feeling towards her music during an interview on Smallzy’s Surgery radio show. ‘The thing about it is, which is such a weird thing, to really understand we agree to disagree but still with loving space,’ she said.
‘We all come from different places… you can have your belief system, nobody is telling you to not believe your beliefs but you can also come from a space of love.
She added: ‘That’s what my family and I exercise all the time.’
Among other songs that raised eyebrows in the Perry family, her 2008 hit I Kissed A Girl was also cause for concern.
Respected: The Sledgehammer hitmaker attended the event as a special guest for his noted work in digital media
An honour: Lining up alongside a host of other experts, Katy and Orlando beamed as they met the leader during the event
Elegant: The belter sported all-black – including a pillbox hat and a veil – as she met the leader alongside suit-clad Orlando, who was beaming
‘I was a little concerned, yeah, ’cause I thought my ministry after 30-something years is over,’ Katy’s minister father Keith, who runs his own ministry with Mary in California, said in Katy’s 2012 documentary Katy Perry: Part of Me.
‘But, you know what? Never had a problem.’
The star kicked off her singing career as a Gospel artist before embarking on her successful journey with secular music.
Speaking on her religious childhood, the Firework hitmaker told Vogue last year: ‘Amy Grant was our Madonna. We knew about Madonna and Marilyn Manson in my family because we picketed their concerts.’
Meaningful: The three-day international conference – which ran from Thursday to Saturday – discussed the effects of new technology on society and culture
‘My house was church on Sunday morning, church on Sunday night, church on Wednesday evening; you don’t celebrate Halloween; Jesus gives you your Christmas presents; we watch Bill O’Reilly on TV.’
‘That was my whole childhood and youth and early teens. I still have conditioned layers dropping off of me by the day.’
The songstress referenced Queen’s Freddie Mercury as her inspiration to switch lanes to her current music style, stating: ‘I had never heard such an imaginative explanation of how to live.’
‘That was my first perspective on that world, and I just loved it. I felt so free and accepted.’
Humble background: The singer was brought up by devoutly Christian parents, Keith and Mary Hudson. However, Katy recently stated that she doesn’t ‘believe in heaven or hell’
Pensive: The leader looked deep in thought as he listened to a number of guest speakers at the event
During an interview with Marie Claire in 2013, the star opened up about her personal spiritual beliefs: ‘I don’t believe in a heaven or a hell or an old man sitting on a throne.’
‘I believe in a higher power bigger than me because that keeps me accountable.’
Meanwhile, Orlando – who has been a practising Buddhist since he was 16 – revealed his beliefs have helped him cope with fame.
‘You see these victims all around you: 15 minutes of fame, a YouTube sensation, whatever it may be. They don’t realise what it takes.
‘What you want to do is learn how to suit up and get out of that burning car with grace, ease and integrity’, the Hobbit star said in an interview with ELLE last year.
Leaders on a positive mission: Pope Francis was pictured speaking with Archibishop Georg Gänswein – who has held the title since 2012
All smiles: The Pope beamed with delight as he continued to welcome guests