Pope Meets Funny Famous People at Vatican
Chris Rock, left, and Conan O'Brien arrive for an audience with Pope Francis in the Clementine Hall at The Vatican, Friday, June 14, 2024. Pope Francis is meeting with over 100 comedians from 15 countries aiming to establish a link between the Catholic Church and comic artists. (AP Photo/Riccardo De Luca)

Pope Meets Funny Famous People at Vatican

June 14th, 2024

The Pope met with funny people from all over the world at a big place called the Vatican. He told them that they bring joy and smiles to people. The Pope said that laughing and being happy is good. Many famous people from America came to see the Pope, like Whoopi Goldberg and Jimmy Fallon. The Pope made jokes with the funny people and they all laughed together. Whoopi Goldberg felt happy to meet the Pope. Another man, Conan O'Brien, said the Pope spoke a language he did not understand, but he felt good being there with his funny friends. A man named Stephen Colbert said he does not speak Italian very well, but he told the Pope about a book he read. They all had a great time with the Pope.
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💭 Discussion Questions

. Where did the Pope meet the funny people?
. What did Whoopi Goldberg feel when she met the Pope?
. Who did not understand the language the Pope spoke?

📖 Vocabulary

🌐 Cultural context

The Pope is a religious leader in Italy. Funny people, like comedians, make others laugh. The Vatican is the Pope's home. People from America often visit the Pope.

🧠 Further reading

When you laugh, you feel good and make sounds. You laugh when things are funny like jokes, stories, or tickling. Laughing shows you are happy or that something is funny. Sometimes people laugh when they are surprised or embarrassed. Everyone can laugh, even some animals like monkeys when they play. Laughing is a way to talk without words. It tells others you like them and want to be friends. When one person laughs, often other people start laughing too. People study laughing to learn how it helps our bodies and minds. Laughing is very special for all of us!

Happiness is when you feel good, like when you are having fun or smiling. It can come from good things happening or even just thinking happy thoughts. Happiness can last for a little time or a long time. When you are happy for a long time, you feel good about your life. People talk about happiness in different ways. Sometimes, when we say "happy," we are talking about right now, like when you are playing a game or eating ice cream. Other times, it means being happy with your whole life. Everybody thinks about happiness in their own way. What makes you happy might be different for someone else. Some people think happiness is very important. Being happy feels nice. When you are happy, you might laugh, play, or say, "I am happy today!" Sometimes, feeling happy can make your whole day better.

Celebrity culture
People like to know about the lives of famous people. Famous people can be from movies, sports, fashion, or music. They can become very popular, like a product. We can't see or touch this group of famous people. But we know it is there because many people like to watch and read about famous people. This is called "celebrity culture." It feels fun and interesting. It can help people feel like they are part of a famous person's life. We can see it on TV, the internet, and in magazines. It can make people happy to learn about famous people's friends and lives. Long ago, in the United States, rich people liked to be seen in newspapers. This was the start of celebrity culture. Now, it is normal for everyone to talk about famous people. It is a way to have fun and think about something different.