7. April 2005

Coole Brille

"Bono discovered another facet.

'He had mischief in his eyes as well as godliness,' he says. 'If the Catholic Church is the glam rock of religion, this guy was just the most vivid of performers.'

While they were seated together, Bono noticed the pope staring at him. Concerned that his powder-blue 'fly shades' were an offensive accessory, Bono removed them. When Bono approached to receive the rosary beads, the pope continued eyeing the sunglasses.

'So I asked if he wanted them,' Bono said. 'He not only nodded, but he put them on and made the wickedest smile. It was a great moment for a lot of reasons, and one of them was, I thought, 'We'll be on the front page of every newspaper.' I don't mean me, but our issues. I knew what a picture of the pope in sunglasses was going to do.'

Many photos were taken. None surfaced. 'The Vatican courtiers didn't have the same sense of humor as the pontiff,' Bono said. 'They could imagine the T-shirts. We'll never see those photos.'" (USATODAY.com - Bono recalls pontiff's affection for the poor and cool sunglasses)

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