Katy Perry is featured on the cover of the new issue of Vogue Australia, and opened up about her evolving outlook on faith and life. (At one point, the writer notes that she was wearing a hat that read, “New Life: Who Dis?”)
Perry discusses recently meeting Pope Francis, and what sparked her to seek a meeting in the first place: attending mass with her mother, who was raised Catholic.
Perry explained, “It started when we were on the Asia leg of the tour and I went to mass with my mom. She hadn’t sung those songs in 40 years and watching her made me cry. It’s so beautiful and humbling to re-center in a place where it’s not about anything else but reconnecting with the divine.”
Perry said this about the Pope: “I’m such a big fan of Pope Francis. It’s a combination of compassion, humility, sternness and refusal. He is rebel–a rebel for Jesus … He is bringing the Church back to humility and connecting with people. He’s very humble and not frivolous.”
The article contains a lot of interesting details about Perry’s spiritual journey (her devotion to meditation, attending a life-changing “personal growth retreat,” and statements about her soul and her relationship with divinity and a “higher power”). And there are also hints that she seems to be not too far removed from her early faith. Her parents are in ministry, and she started her career as a Christian singer.
She explained: “My mom has prayed for me my entire life, hoping I’d come back to God. I never left Him, I was just a little bit secular. I was more materialistic and more career-driven. But now that I’m in my 30s, it’s more about spirituality and heart wholeness.”
Earlier this year, she posted an image on Instagram of her “Jesus” tattoo with the caption: “my brokenness + God’s Divinity = my wholeness.”
You can read more of the interview here.