Updated: Fri, 28 Jun 2013 08:15:00 GMT | By Emma Jones
God complex: Religious controversies of the stars

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The Material Girl has made a career out of bashing the Catholic Church, but what would you expect from someone known simply as Madonna? Although she was raised a Catholic by her Italian-American father, Madonna now embraces the practice of Kabbalah and isn't afraid to attract the ire of her former religion. There wasn't much about her Blond Ambition World Tour that didn't annoy the Pope, while her Confessions Tour was disparaged by Catholics for having the singer raised aloft upon a giant, glittery cross. And of course, how can we forget the video to one of her most famous songs, "Like A Prayer," which parades images of burning crosses, statues crying blood and stigmata? That one got her banned from entering Italy for some time.

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