kerry washington & aj calloway

*“Extra’s” AJ Calloway was with “Scandal” star Kerry Washington in NYC as Pope Francis and his motorcade drove by and “Extra’s” cameras caught the whole thing! (Check out the video below.)

“That was amazing!,” Kerry gushed. “We saw him in his little Fiat!”

Then came this, er, testimonial from the “Scandal” star regarding the Pope:

“He’s my celebrity crush, Pope Francis, because he is so generous and such a revolutionary. He is so compassionate. I’m not even Catholic but I just think what he stands for in carrying the message of God not being about judgment but about service is really extraordinary.”

It was a matter of being in the right place at the right time. AJ and Kerry were at the Plaza Hotel for her Allstate Foundation Purple Purse Domestic Violence Initiative event.

Allstate Foundation Purple Purse is a public awareness and fundraising campaign aimed at creating long-term safety and security for survivors through financial empowerment. To learn more, visit PurplePurse.com.