September 8, 2008 19:57

Madonna dedicates 'Like A Virgin' to pope

Pop star stirs more controversy Rome

Madonna dedicates 'Like A Virgin' to pope
Madonna dedicated her 1984 hit song 'Like A Virgin' to the pope during her performance in Rome this weekend.

The pop star, who is in the midst of her 'Sticky And Sweet' world tour, made the provocative gesture in front of 60,000 fans at Rome's Olympic Stadium on Saturday (September 6), reports the Associated Press.

"I dedicate this song to the pope, because I'm a child of God," she said. "All of you are also children of God."

Madonna, who comes from an Italian-Catholic family, was condemned by the Vatican in 1989 for her 'Like A Prayer' video, which featured burning crosses and the singer seducing a black Jesus.

She also staged a mock crucifixion at a 2006 show in Rome, which caused the Vatican to accuse her of blasphemy.

--By our Los Angeles staff.
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