Pope meets beauty vloggers, says they do a 'great thing'
The Pope has praised beauty vlogs in an audience with YouTube stars on Sunday.
A group of 12 YouTubers from six continents met the Pope at the Vatican for an informal private discussion about young people's identities, the Guardian reports.
"You can create a virtual identity; you belong to this circle at least virtually. From that you can start taking a path of optimism and hope," the 79-year-old Pontiff told the group.
However, it seems the Pope, who recently opened an Instagram account, is particularly fond of one genre of YouTube video: (inexplicably) the beauty vlog.
Two of the YouTubers invited to the event were beauty vloggers, Britain's Louise Pentland and Mexican-American vlogger Dulce Candy.
The Pope singled out Pentland, who posts weekly makeup tutorials on her YouTube channel Sprinkle of Glitter, to say he appreciated the noble work of the beauty vlogger
"I am glad that you carry out the type of work you said, following the line of beauty, it's a great thing. To preach beauty and show beauty helps neutralise aggression," he told Pentland.
Reflecting on her time with the Pope, Pentland told her Instagram followers he "had a lot to say about love and kindness and unity", promising her followers a vlog documenting her trip later in the week.
The YouTubers were invited to meet the Pope as part of a conference sponsored by the Church's arts, sports and technology foundation, Scholas Occurrentes.
In addition to the Pope's private meeting with the YouTube elite, the Vatican also hosted a number of celebrities at the conference.
After spending 50 minutes talking to the vloggers, the Pope attended the conference's Un Muro o Un Ponte Seminary at Paul VI Hall to address audience members including George Clooney, Richard Gere and Salma Hayek, who were each awarded medals at the event.
Clooney attended the conference with his wife, human rights lawyer Amal Clooney. The couple posed for photos with the Pope.
- Sydney Morning Herald