Rita Ora has been making headlines for her racy attire and even edgier photos. But, according to new reports, the British pop star is the perfect choice to sing for Pope Francis at the Vatican.
The 26-year-old singer has been given her biggest job yet. Ora revealed on The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon on August 30 that she is going to the Vatican and sing for Pope Francis. The Catholic churches of Albania and Kosovo are organizing a commemorative ceremony in Vatican City on September 4 in honor of the late Mother Theresa. Ora has been invited to sing at the concert, which will precede the commemoration ceremony, at St. Basilica on September 3, reports Balkan Insight.
Ora revealed that she’s super chill about performing for the holy man in front of the world to see. According to Hollywood Life, Ora admitted that she was shocked to find out the Pope was listed among the long list of public figures who would be present at the event.
“I’m going to the Vatican, I leave tomorrow! I’m more of a spiritual person, so the Vatican I figured out is a really big deal,” she joked to the host. “I looked at the guest list and I saw P.O.P.E….Pope?!” she exclaimed with excitement.
She added that she doesn’t remember the words to the hymn “Greensleeves,” which she is supposed to sing at the concert. When Fallon asked Ora what she plans to do when she sees the Pope at the Vatican, she jokingly responded, “I’m going to do a whole ‘What’s up Pope’ thing,” Ora said.
Fallon went into a fit of giggles and suggested that Ora should say something more proper to the Pontiff. If you’re wondering why Ora was chosen to perform at the Vatican, it appears that she has something in common with Mother Theresa, notes Spin. Ora (born Rita Sahatçiu) and Mother Theresa (born Anjezë Gonxhe Bojaxhiu) have something in common: Albanian heritage, reports the publication. Perhaps the Vatican was looking to have more Albanian pop stars at the event.
In addition to her Albanian heritage, Ora has proven that she has the chops to sing any song, as seen in the following videos below.
Ora may not be a religious person but she does love Catholic Action’s new song “Rita Ora,” according to Clash Music. She has taken to social media to give the band her seal of approval. The Glaswegian rock song penned a song about the singer for some unknown reason. The band’s frontman Chris McGrory revealed to DIY Mag as to why Ora was the muse behind the song.
“Sometimes, for whatever reason, something just comes out of your mouth in a rehearsal room that for some strange reason, works perfectly with what you’re playing on your guitar. Sometimes it’s fun to sing, it sticks. Sometimes, it happens to be a real person. And sometimes, that person inspires a lot of opinion.”
“Be-Bop-A-Lula, Rita Ora,” he started to sing.
Earlier this month, Ora sent fans into a tailspin when she shared a photo of her sexiest outfit yet, according to the Daily Star. Ora finally surpassed 10 million Instagram followers, so she decided to celebrate by posting a racy new photo. She took to the social media app to share a photo of herself wearing a sexy Lederhosen, which she coyly hitched up with her hand.
The racy new snap appears to be a behind-the-scenes photo for Love magazine’s advent calendar. It didn’t take fans long to remark about Ora’s photo.
“Just had a mini heart attack looking at that,” one fan wrote.
“Lovely walking up to a picture of that, you beauty,” another added.
This isn’t the first time that Ora has posed for the racy calendar. Last year, she dressed up in a PVC Santa costume for the annual holiday calendar, reports the Daily Mail. Thankfully, the Vatican doesn’t know about Ora’s naughty Christmas photos.
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