Like A Prayer: Madonna Delivers Heartbreaking Speech On Paris Attacks (VIDEO)

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Love her or hate her, Madonna has been delivering for decades — with no end in sight. On Saturday night, at a performance in Stockholm, Sweden, the iconic singer showed the world the power of music and love.

Madonna was performing during her “Rebel Heart” tour. During her performance, she paused to ask her audience for a moment of silence for the victims of the Friday terrorist attacks in Paris.

“It’s been very hard for me to get through the show up to this point and not forget what happened,” she said, her voice cracking with emotion. “I need to take this moment to acknowledge the tragedy … and the senseless endings of precious life that occurred last night in Paris.”

She won’t stop her tour to accommodate terrorism, she said. She feels (and she’s right) that to do so would be to allow terror and its evil executioners to win.

“Why am I up here dancing and having fun, when people are crying over the loss of their loved ones,” she asked the audience. “That is exactly what these people want to do. They want to shut us up. They want to silence us. And we won’t let them. We will never let them.”

In one moving moment, she reached into the crowd to accept a tissue to wipe her tears.

After a somber moment of silence, she began an epic performance of her hit song “Like a Prayer,” asking the crowd to sing together with her. Madonna, illuminated by the thousands of cell phones that were waving in unison, was visibly moved by the audience’s outpouring of emotion.

“The way we change the world is that we change the way we treat one another on a daily basis,” she said. “We must start treating every human being with dignity and respect.”

Watch. This is what greatness looks like. Not just Madonna — but the innate goodness and love that lives in humanity as a collective.

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