He is known for his forthright views.
But while U2’s Bono can command the attention of world leaders, the Nobel Peace Prize winner has revealed he gets his inner strength from Jesus.
The singer-humanitarian, who has been seen attending Presbyterian services, says he and his family pray to ‘the risen Jesus’ on an outsized family bed.
Opening up about his religious views, the singer, 53, revealed that he and wife Ali Hewson, and four children Eve, Jordan, Elijah and John Hewson, hold impromptu prayer sessions in honour of sick members of the family and those generally struggling in life.
In an interview with Ireland’s RTE One, the rock star said: ‘I pray to get to know the will of God, because then the prayers have more chance of coming true, I mean, that’s the thing about prayer,’ Bono told interviewer Gay Byrne.
He added: ‘We don’t do it in a very lofty way in our family. It’s just a bunch of us on the bed, usually, we’ve a very big bed in our house. We pray with all our kids, we read the Scriptures, we pray.’
When asked who he prays to and for what, Bono replied: ‘The risen Jesus.’
He said: ‘[Jesus] went around saying he was the Messiah. That’s why he was crucified. He was crucified because he said he was the Son of God.
‘So, he either, in my view, was the Son of God or he was nuts… And I find it hard to accept that whole millions and millions of lives, half the Earth, for 2,000 years have been touched, have felt their lives touched and inspired by some nutter. I just, I don’t believe it.’
Aside from his prolific music career, Bono is an avid philanthropist and social entrepreneur.
In 2002 he co-founded DATA, an AIDS and poverty awareness organization that would go on to create ONE: The Campaign to Make Poverty History.