The rumour in Manchester is that Coleen Rooney wanted an audience with the Pope to ask what she should do about Wayne. It’s one of those stories that journalists don’t like to check too strenuously because even if it isn’t true, it ought to be.
Admittedly, a moment of reflection suggests a meeting would have been pointless. Coleen must have known in advance that he would not tear up Catholic doctrine on the sanctity of marriage for her sake and tell her to divorce Wayne and get another man. Nor can I imagine him warning that she must insist on a condom given the company Wayne keeps at night. If the Pope won’t do it for Africans, he is unlikely to do it for Liverpudlians.
On the other hand, it is entirely plausible that Coleen would expect the Pope to make time to see her. Given the attention they attract and the money Wayne expects to earn, the Rooneys are the most famous Catholic couple in Britain. Who could dare refuse to meet the wife of a man who claims to be worth £200,000 a week?