Anggun, world’s best-selling Indonesian diva, has performed several times in the Vatican’s annual “Concerto di Natale,” or Christmas concert—her latest appearance being in 2016.
“I have sung for three different Popes (John Paul II, Benedict XVI, Francis), so those moments were memorable for me,” the “Snow on the Sahara” singer told the Inquirer in a recent interview during her mall tour to promote her new album, “8.”, the eight album she has released either in English and/or French for the past two decades.
“I was able to shake Pope John Paul II’s hand. I also met Pope Benedict XVI. Pope Francis, however, I have yet to meet.”
She added, “My father thinks that religion and belief are important. But, you don’t always have to believe in one thing, right? If you want to choose one, good for you; if not, that’s fine, as well. Your belief doesn’t determine whether you’re a good person or not—your behavior does.”
Anggun currently reprises her role as judges for the second season of "Asia's Got Talent." She was also a judge on "X Factor Indonesia" (2013) and "Indonesia's Got Talent" (2014) TV series. The former made her the highest-paid judge in Indonesian television history.