Hopefully Pope Francis keeps hand sanitizer on him.
The New York Times reports, the papal meet-and-greet occurred in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican during the weekly general audience. O’Reilly has been on a curiously timed vacation in Italy the past week. Of course, he received V.I.P. treatment at the audience. Who wouldn’t give priority seating to a heavily accused sexual harasser?
A photographer for the official Vatican newspaper captured the blessed moment. Last week, the Vatican said there was no official audience scheduled with O’Reilly.
During the general audience, Pope Francis said, “God makes the most beautiful flowers bloom amid the most arid rocks.” The pontiff then addressed English-speaking audience members, including O’Reilly, saying, “I invoke upon you and your families the loving mercy of God our Father.”