Generally speaking, when the Catholic Church looks around for allies in spreading the Gospel, it tends to look naturally to other Christians, perhaps, or people publicly associated with religious faith and values.
Now, however, the Church is getting a social media boost from a highly unexpected source: Lady Gaga.
In between posting pictures of herself attending red-carpet events, singing at the Oscars, and sitting on top of a naked man wearing nothing but her underwear, in recent weeks the American songwriter, singer and actress has also posted two pictures of herself attending a Catholic Mass.
The first came on April 24, when she posted a picture of herself entering Chicago’s Holy Name Cathedral with the following header: “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.”
As Gaga wrote, this is a quote from John 13:34.
Following the Gospel passage, she wrote: “Even the highest powers don’t have it all figured out right away. Gotta leave yourself room to discover something new. Even at the last minute. Don’t forget to love.”
On Sunday, she shared another image, this time with Father John P. Duffel, of New York’s Blessed Sacrament Church. She thanked him for his “beautiful homily, as always, and for the lunch in my pop’s restaurant.”
“I was so moved today when you said: ‘The Eucharist is not a prize for the perfect but the food that God gives us,’” she added.
These posts generated all kinds of reactions from Catholics with their own social media presence.
Jesuit Father James Martin, for instance, shared the second picture in his Twitter, making no comments about it other than a second tweet saying “Yesterday my friend Fr. John Duffell met a graduate of the Convent of the Sacred Heart in New York” with a link to Gaga’s Instagram post.
But there was also some reaction from Catholic bloggers, which caught the singer’s attention.
One such case was Becky Roach from Catholic-Link, who had a poston what are Catholics to do when celebrities such as Lady Gaga and a former Miss America, Rima Fakih, known to be the first Muslim to have the title and who recently converted to Christianity, take to the internet to share their faith.
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