Hollywood actress and political activist Susan Sarandon is concerned that Pope Francis may be assassinated during his visit to the U.S. The pontiff arrives in Washington D.C. on Tuesday, and Sarandon told the media she feels he may be murdered during his trip, due to his leftist and progressive views.
"I think they're going to assassinate him.
"I think he's done some major, major cleansing of the whole system."
Sarandon says she loves Pope Francis for his different outlook and views.
"I love this pope.
"He's humble... he doesn't live in the palatial whatever. I think he's a Pope of the people."
Susan Sarandon fears Pope Francis will be murdered when he visits the U.S. http://t.co/OvbsrX7CSn pic.twitter.com/xaVvbW6sZc
— People magazine (@people) September 21, 2015
According to the New York Daily News, this isn't the first time Susan Sarandon has been involved with the papacy. Back in 2011, when the actress was being interviewed about the 1995 film Dead Man Walking at the Hamptons International Film Festival, she spoke up about her contact with Pope John Paul II.
Sarandon is well known for her views against the death penalty, and she sent a copy of the original book the film was based on to Pope John Paul II. She caused some controversy when asked if she had also sent a copy to his successor, Pope Benedict XVI, when she said, "Not this Nazi one we have now," a remark which upset both Catholic and Jewish groups in one go.
'I think they are going to assassinate the Pope.' – Susan Sarandon on Pope Francis' visit to the U.S. details on http://t.co/UHWqh2y1dq
— Timelinesuit (@Timelinesuit) September 22, 2015
Reportedly, 68-year-old Susan Sarandon was in New York at the time of the interview for the sixth anniversary of the ping pong social club she co-owns with former boyfriend Jonathan Bricklin. When asked if she is currently dating anyone, she replied to the affirmative but gave no details. Whether she will hang around for the visit by Pope Francis later in the week is also unknown.
While she is reportedly a Bernie Sanders fan, according to the Hollywood Reporter, Sarandon also spoke about her views on Donald Trump, his presidential dreams, and growing support.
"I think people are really starved for something authentic and even though he has no idea specifically what he's talking about, he speaks to the guy who wishes he could say, 'Everything's a mess, we're tired of the machine, we're tired of politics as usual.'
"I think it's great that the Republicans have to figure out how to deal with him, it's interesting."
Meanwhile, according to his schedule, Pope Francis arrives in Washington D.C. on Tuesday and will visit the White House Wednesday for a personal meeting with President Barack Obama. Thursday, he will head to the Capitol and deliver a speech to the Senate and House of Representatives.
Later that afternoon, Pope Francis will arrival at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York for his visit to the city, including the United National General-Assembly on Friday and various other events, including a Papal motorcade through Central Park.
Pope Francis then heads to Philadelphia on Saturday for various events, returning home to Rome Sunday.
How do you protect a pope who does not want to stay in his popemobile? http://t.co/KhhYZnq2G4 pic.twitter.com/7NIyCTHex8
— The New York Times (@nytimes) September 22, 2015
According to a report on the Inquisitr, the papal visit will see the largest security operation in U.S. history, so possibly Susan Sarandon doesn't need to worry about his possible assassination.