By Olivia B. Waxman
November 30, 2015

The latest rapper to go viral on Twitter is…Pope Francis.

Twitter users started composing rap lyrics for the pontiff through the hashtag #PopeBars, which was inspired by photos that show him speaking into a microphone at a camp for displaced people Sunday in Bangui, the capital of the Central African Republic. It attracted celebrity attention from MacArthur “genius grant” winner Lin-Manuel Miranda, creator of Hamilton, a Broadway rap musical about Alexander Hamilton’s life, and Scandal star Kerry Washington, who just chimed in to call it “the best” hashtag.

Some of the funniest examples:

Incidentally, Pope Francis has released a pop rock album called Wake Up! But so far it has gotten mixed reviews, so who knows whether the hashtag will inspire him to produce a rap album now.

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