An unusual encounter between the pope and the pop star today in Rome:

An atypical scene at the Benedict XVI Great Hall in the Pontifical Urban University.

Song and dance before a meeting between Pope Francis and the Scholas Occurrentes educational project, which has recently become an International Pontifical Movement.

The event brought students from across the Americas and Europe participating in the Laudato Si’ school to develop social and ecological projects in their home communities.

… Pope Francis was wheeled into the room to great applause, and listened to a performance from the students before responding to their questions on caring for the environment, including one from Bono, who referenced the role of women in combating poverty.

[Bono asked]: “I would like to ask His Holiness if he thinks that women and girls play the same powerful role in tackling the climate crisis.:

[Pope Francis responded]: In the common saying we usually talk about Mother Earth, not Father Earth.

As an example of innovative ecological projects, an inventor showed a device he created to filter water without electricity.

And surprising the crowd, even Pope Francis took a sip.

Check out the video below.