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Bono visits with Pope Francis

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Bono meets Pope Francis

Bono was at the Vatican Wednesday for a private meeting with Pope Francis. According to the Catholic News Agency, the private visit lasted a little more than 30 minutes and the two talked about topics ranging from commerce and development to the sexual abuse scandal:

Irishman Bono, born Paul David Hewson, also said that having just come from Ireland, they "inevitably" spoke about "the pope's feelings about what has happened in the Church."

He said he explained to Francis that to some it looks like "the abusers are being more protected than the victims," and that he "could see the pain" in the pope's face. "I felt he was sincere, and I think he's an extraordinary man for extraordinary times," Bono said.

Bono also signed an agreement on behalf of the ONE Campaign to work with Scholas Occurentes, an educational foundation supported by Pope Francis. "We haven't figured out what we are going to do together," Bono said, "but we sort of have a crush on each other" -- that quote is according to the Catholic publication Crux.

The Vatican has posted this brief video with highlights from Bono's visit with Pope Francis.