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Madonna was raised Roman Catholic, but she has a long history of upsetting the Vatican.

Celebrities who are practicing Catholics or were raised in the church

As Pope Francis tours New York City during his historic visit to the U.S., take a look at some celebrities with ties to the Catholic Church.


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Though she was raised Roman Catholic in Michigan, Madonna hasn't exactly tread carefully with the Vatican, which condemned her 1990 "Blond Ambition" tour for its choreography that simulated sex. Religious leaders were previously outraged by the imagery (including stigmata and burning crosses) in her 1989 video for "Like A Prayer." But during Pope Francis' September 2015 visit to the U.S., Madge praised the "open-minded" church leader, dedicating a section of her Philadelphia concert to him.

Bruce Springsteen

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Not only was rock legend Bruce Springsteen raised in a Roman Catholic home, but many of his lyrics are rich with theological references, as one Rutgers University professor highlights in his "Bruce Springsteen Theology" course.

Celine Dion

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Celine Dion, raised Roman Catholic in Quebec, Canada, seems to now interpret the religion more loosely, saying in a 2014 interview, "For me, God is life itself, the birds, the air, the sunrise and the sunset, the children. Yes, that is where I find God. Not in a church."



Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos

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The trick that keeps this couple together? "We grew up Catholic. We've both found it a stabilizing force, a source of strength and comfort in our lives," Kelly Ripa tells Good Housekeeping, adding, "We don't always say grace at meals, we do say our prayers every night."

Lana Del Rey

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Listening to Lana Del Rey's songs, you'll realize she's a devoted Christian. When asked by Complex magazine why she often sites Jesus in her music, the singer says, "I mean, being raised Catholic, it was just a way of life. Spirituality and religion were strong. I was in Catholic school until I was 13."

Leah Remini

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Leah Remini cut ties with Scientology in July 2013 after 30 years. Now, the actress is a devout Catholic whose daughter Sofia was recently baptized.

Steve Carell

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In a 2012 interview, The Hollywood Reporter describes Steve Carell as "an avowed Catholic [and] a passionate family man."

Vanessa Hudgens

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Vanessa Hudgens told the New York Times in 2015 that she credits boyfriend Austin Butler for restoring her Christian faith because while she was born a Catholic, "she never felt very connected to it."



Stephen Colbert

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The Kennedy family

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The Roman Catholic faith has played an important role in the lives of the Kennedy family. In 1961, John F. Kennedy became the first Catholic U.S. president, something he spoke about to a group of Protestant ministers before his election. Pictured, from left: John F. Kennedy, Jean Kennedy, Rose Kennedy, Joseph P. Kennedy Sr., Patricia Kennedy, Robert F. Kennedy, Eunice Kennedy and (holding football) Edward "Ted" M. Kennedy.

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Maria Shriver, John F. Kennedy's niece, has spoken about her Irish Catholic upbringing with Oprah.

Arnold Schwarzenegger

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Shriver's ex-husband, actor and former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, is Catholic. The pair continued to attend church services together even after their high-profile split in 2011.

Jimmy Kimmel

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Jimmy Kimmel was raised by devoutly Catholic parents who required him to serve as an altar boy, which later informed his comic routine, according to his Yahoo! biography.



Liam Neeson

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Irish actor Liam Neeson spoke about his "strong Catholic family" in a 2009 Radio Times interview. In 2015, he refuted rumors that he was converting to Islam, which surfaced when he spoke about gaining an appreciation for the Islamic call to prayer while filming "Taken 2" in Istanbul, Turkey.

Selena Gomez

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Actress Selena Gomez told Scholastic News in 2008 that her family does "everything that's Catholic."

Mickey Rourke

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"I'm no holy Joe, but I have a strong belief," actor Mickey Rourke told British magazine Female First in 2005 about his Catholic faith.

Jimmy Fallon

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In a 2012 NPR interview, "Tonight Show" host Jimmy Fallon said not only did he go to Catholic school, but growing up he wanted to be a priest.

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Actor Josh Duhamel, who is married to singer Fergie, told Ellen DeGeneres in 2011 that he and his wife "are both from Catholic families. We like to procreate!" while talking about the prospect of having children. The couple's son, Axl, was born in 2013.



Kevin Smith

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Director Kevin Smith, who was raised Catholic, told fans on Reddit in 2012 that his inspiration for making the 1999 film "Dogma" came from "eight years of Catholic school and a desire to be more spiritual and less religious."

Alec Baldwin

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Alec Baldwin, along with his three brothers, was raised Catholic in Massapequa. He married Hilaria Thomas at St. Patrick's Old Cathedral in Manhattan in 2012. The previous year, Baldwin told The Daily Beast, "I am giving up Catholic guilt for Lent. Extremely difficult, as I thrive on it."

Anne Rice

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"Interview With the Vampire" author Anne Rice was raised Catholic, declared herself an atheist at 18 and then returned to the church, only to leave again, according to ABC News.

Bradley Cooper

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Bradley Cooper told Parade magazine in 2009 that he grew up in a "very old-fashioned, Italian-Irish Catholic family."

Grace Kelly

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1950s movie star and Princess of Monaco Grace Kelly was brought up in a Catholic family, according to Vanity Fair.



Bill O'Reilly

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Political commentator Bill O'Reilly has spoken openly about his Catholic faith. In 2010, he wrote on his blog: "A number of Catholics have left the church because of the priestly sins, but not me ... it is the theology, not church leadership, that keeps me in the fold."

Susan Sarandon

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Academy Award-winning actress Susan Sarandon said in an interview with comedian Ruby Wax that she was "raised seriously Catholic" and went to Catholic University in Washington.

Mark Wahlberg

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Actor Mark Wahlberg told the Telegraph in 2013 that his Catholicism helps him "stay optimistic and positive."

Frank Sinatra

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Even though he was divorced three times, Frank Sinatra, died a Roman Catholic in good standing and was entitled to a full church funeral, the archdiocese of Los Angeles said when the singer died in 1998.

Harry Connick Jr.

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Actor and singer Harry Connick, Jr. was raised Catholic, but wasn't baptized until age 14 while attending Jesuit High School in New Orleans, according to Catholic Digest, with whom he spoke about his faith in a 2014 interview.



Nicole Kidman

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Nicole Kidman was able to marry Keith Urban in a Catholic church in 2006 because the church didn't recognize her previous marriage to actor Tom Cruise in the Church of Scientology.

Martin Scorsese

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Though director Martin Scorsese is known for movies depicting crime and violence, some argue that the themes he explores derive from his Italian Catholic upbringing.

Martin Sheen

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Actor Martin Sheen is a devout Roman Catholic and the son of Irish and Spanish immigrants, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Jim Caviezel

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Actor Jim Caviezel is a devout Catholic perhaps best known for his role as Jesus in "The Passion of the Christ."

Katie Holmes

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Actress Katie Holmes returned to the Catholic Church in 2012, according to the Huffington Post, after briefly joining the Church of Scientology with her former husband, Tom Cruise.



Mel Gibson

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Mel Gibson is a "traditionalist" Catholic who built his own chapel, The Church of the Holy Family, in Malibu, Calif. in 2003, according to People magazine. He directed "The Passion of the Christ."

Sylvester Stallone

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While promoting his 2006 movie, "Rocky Balboa," on the Christian program "The 700 Club", Sylvester Stallone, said while was a "strict Catholic" before coming to Hollywood, he fell away from the church when he became famous but had had "a new reawakening" with each "Rocky" film.

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