Marcus Mumford tells Jimmy Fallon about his awkward meeting with Pope Francis

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The Pope will make it clear when your time is up!

Marcus Mumford revealed his awkward encounter with Pope Francis during his recent trip to the Vatican.

The 35-year-old Mumford & Sons frontman was invited to meet with the leader of the Catholic Church and was excited about the rare experience as he “wanted to hear him.”

Mumford, along with a handful of other artists, attended the “Vitae Summit” at the Vatican this summer to start a dialogue on how to use the arts to foster a culture of hope and unity.

Near the end of his visit, the “I Will Wait” hitmaker received the opportunity to pray with His Holiness.

Mumford approached a seated Pope Francis and took a knee out of respect after waiting in line. The Pope insisted on Mumford standing up, resulting in Mumford crouching uncomfortably over the Holy Father.

“The only thing he said to me was, ‘Will you pray for me?” Mumford said during an interview on “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon” on Friday. “Where I’m from, I’d love to! I slap an arm on his shoulder and say a quick prayer for him.”

After roughly eight seconds, Mumford recalled Pope Francis turned to his watch during the prayer.

“He just does a little cheeky check of the watch,” Mumford said, imitating the encounter. “It was great!”

Mumford seemingly found the encounter humorous, understanding the Pope is a busy man.
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A video of the incident was captured by Mumford’s friend, which Fallon played on air for his audience, causing the set to erupt in laughter at the awkwardness of the encounter.

Mumford was a good sport about his strange meeting with the Pope.

“He meets so many people. It must be rough.”

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