Bono No, I can be critical, especially on the topic of contraception. Assayas: But you met the man himself. Was it a great experience? Bono … [W]e all knew why we were there.

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Bono No, I can be critical, especially on the topic of contraception. Assayas: But you met the man himself. Was it a great experience? Bono … [W]e all knew why we were there. The Pontiff was about to make an important statement about the inhumanity and injustice of poor countries spending so much of their national income paying back old loans to rich countries. Serious business. It was clearly an act of will for him to be there.

I was oddly moved … by his humility, and then by the incredible speech he made, even if it was in whispers. During the preamble, he seemed to be staring at me. I wondered. Was it the fact that I was wearing my blue fly-shades? So I took them off in case I was causing some offense. When I was introduced to him, he was still staring at them.

He kept looking at them in my hand, so I offered them to him as a gift in return for the rosary he had just given me. Bono Not only did he put them on, he smiled the wickedest grin you could ever imagine. He was a comedian.

His sense of humor was completely intact. Flashbulbs popped, and I thought: "Wow! The Drop the Debt campaign will have the Pope in my glasses on the front page of every newspaper. Bono Nor did we. It seems his courtiers did not have the same sense of humor. Fair enough. I guess they could see the T-shirts. Later in the conversation: Assayas: I think I am beginning to understand religion because I have started acting and thinking like a father.

What do you make of that? Bono You see, at the center of all religions is the idea of Karma. You know, what you put out comes back to you: an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth, or in physics—in physical laws—every action is met by an equal or an opposite one. And yet, along comes this idea called Grace to upend all that "as you reap, so you will sow" stuff. Grace defies reason and logic. Assayas: The Son of God who takes away the sins of the world. I wish I could believe in that.

Bono But I love the idea of the Sacrificial Lamb. There are consequences to actions. The point of the death of Christ is that Christ took on the sins of the world, so that what we put out did not come back to us, and that our sinful nature does not reap the obvious death. It should keep us humbled…. Look, the secular response to the Christ story always goes like this: he was a great prophet, obviously a very interesting guy, had a lot to say along the lines of other great prophets, be they Elijah, Muhammad, Buddha, or Confucius.

Christ says: No. A prophet, we can take. And he goes: No, no. This man was strapping himself to a bomb, and had "King of the Jews" on his head, and, as they were putting him up on the Cross, was going: OK, martyrdom, here we go.

Bring on the pain! I can take it. So I ask myself a question a lot of people have asked: Who is this man? And was He who He said He was, or was He just a religious nut? And no one can talk you into it or out of it. Click for reprint information.


Bono Quotes

Volar While this book contains the clearest presentation of the Gospel by Bono in any venue it still has the smirking nonsense he is known for. December 24 at Dublin. In this Sunday Times bestseller Bono — the biggest rock star in the world — tells his life story, and speaks passionately about his hopes for the future. You felt the respect and friendship between the two men demonstrated in the openness and honesty of both the questions and answers. Not a Member Yet? I enjoyed learning more about him. Topics shift and flow in a fairly nonlinear fashion; anecdotes jump around from tofrom Dublin to Africa, from music to father-son relationships.


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