Tony Fernandes gushes over Pope Francis meeting

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PETALING JAYA: Tony Fernandes completed a journey yesterday that he says would have made his late father “super happy”, when he met the head of the Roman Catholic Church at the Vatican.

Sharing his experience on Facebook, the AirAsia Group chief executive officer wrote of his pride in meeting Pope Francis.

“Met many leaders, Kings, Queens, celebrities but today was incredible to meet Pope Francis. My Dad would have been super happy.

“Simple, humble, smart, outspoken, a man of the people. He (the pope) gave me encouragement that business leaders can make a difference to society and gave me the energy to continue,” Fernandes wrote in his latest update on his trip to the Vatican.

Fernandes added that he had also asked the pontiff to pray for Malaysia.

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“I asked him to pray for our country so that all races could love each other, and together build a better country.

“I am incredibly lucky to have been in the presence of this tower of a man. He opened my eyes and gave me energy and strength to continue to do good,” he shared on FB in the post which was accompanied by a photo showing the pope clasping Fernandes’s hands.

Fernandes praised Pope Francis for being a “true liberal theologist”, saying that the world needed more leaders like the pontiff, instead of those with extremist views.

Earlier yesterday, Fernandes posted a photo of the entrance to the pope’s residence in the Vatican.

“Door to enter His holiness Pope Francis residence. Been quite a visit so far. Never thought I would see these things. Excited to see The Pope. The more I read the more I’m so impressed.”