11 celebrities who practice Catholicism

Pope Francis Waving

When white smoke rose from the Vatican yesterday, millions of Catholics around the world rejoiced that a new Pope was chosen. Among those celebrating Pope Francis’ selection were likely a few of these celebrities…

1. Martin Sheen

Martin Sheen in West Wing

Sheen was reportedly read his Last Rites when he suffered a massive heart attack at age 40. In the time since then, he has grown more devout and vocal about his beliefs.

2. Robert Pattinson

Robert Pattinson Twilight

In an interview with Movies Ireland, Pattinson said he was Catholic and that be believed Twilight was a metaphor for abstinence.

3. Nicole Kidman

Nicole Kidman Wedding

Religion is said to have played a big part in Kidman and Tom Cruise’s split. After Nicole split with Scientologist Cruise in 2001, she recommitted herself to her original faith and married Keith Urban in a Catholic church.

4. Gabrielle Union

Gabrielle Union Planned Parenthood

A 2007 article in the Washington Post described Union as a “nice Catholic girl.” However, the actress vocally opposes the Church’s stance on gay marriage and abortion.

5. Alec Baldwin

Alec Baldwin Catholic

Before Baldwin and Hilaria Thomas were allowed to marry in St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral in Nolita, the Daily News reported Hilaria had to complete a 16-step course.

6. Michael Jordan

Michael Jordan Dunk

Both of Jordan’s sons attended a private Catholic high school. Jordan has also made large donations to Catholic schools, including a $5 million gift to a Chicago high school.

7. Sofia Vergara

Sofia Vergara

Although she was raised as a devout Catholic in Colombia, Vergara said in 2010 that she isn’t as strict about the faith these days.

8. Stephen Colbert

Stephen Colbert Ash Wednesday

In 2012, Colbert told students at the Jesuit Fordham University that he loves the Roman Catholic Church — “warts and all.” He also reportedly teaches Sunday School classes.

9. Catherine Zeta Jones

Catherine Zeta Jones Chicago

Jones broke away from her traditionalist Catholic background when she married Michael Douglas, who is Jewish. She told CNN in 2001 that they were going to play it “open” with their children in terms of religion.

10. Mel Gibson

Mel Gibson Directing

This is a pretty obvious one for many people. Gibson, who directed the film adaptation of Passion of the Christ, is vocal about his traditionalist views.

11. John Kennedy

John Kennedy meets the Pope

JFK was America’s first Catholic president. This was a big deal because people were legitimately concerned he would just base all of his decisions on what the Pope thought. (This doesn’t really fit in with a list of living celebrities, but I had to throw this one in there because I am a total Kennedy-phile.)

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