The same day the Fox News host lost his job, he shook hands with the pope.
From The New York Times:
Bill O’Reilly, the powerful Fox News host forced out of his prime-time position on Wednesday amid a barrage of sexual harassment allegations, spent the morning of his firing briefly meeting Pope Francis in St. Peter’s Square during the pontiff’s weekly general audience, shaking hands with a religious leader he once lectured over immigration.
Mr. O’Reilly, on vacation in Italy for the past week, sat in a V.I.P. section and shook hands with Francis.
…Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan, the archbishop of New York, wrote to the Vatican several months ago requesting tickets for Mr. O’Reilly and his family, according to Joe Zwilling, a spokesman for Cardinal Dolan.
“The Cardinal is often asked to assist people from the Archdiocese of New York who are going to Rome, and always does his best to help,” Mr. Zwilling wrote in an email. “As in all cases, the decision is ultimately up to Rome.”
The tickets are ultimately distributed by the prefecture of the papal household, according to the Vatican press office.
The current prefect of the papal household is conservative Archbishop Georg Gänswein, the longtime personal secretary of the pope emeritus, Benedict XVI.