September 25, 2015 at 01:42 PM EDT

Even the pope has trouble finding friends.

In his special tribute to the Pope Francis’ visit to the U.S. on Thursday night’s episode of The Late Show, Stephen Colbert referred to a radio interview in which the pope revealed he felt used by people he thought were his friends.

“Francis is surrounded by a bunch of so-called friends he doesn’t even know,” Colbert said. “I told him not to join Taylor Swift’s girl squad.”

The host insisted that he and the pope should be friends, especially because they have so much in common.

“Like you, I was recently elevated to an influential position by an all-seeing power,” Colbert said, alluding to his new hosting gig.


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But Colbert proved he was a true friend to Pope Francis (or “Frank”) as he took out a microphone and sang his rendition of Carole King’s “You’ve Got a Friend” with the assistance of bandleader Jon Batiste.

Changing the lyrics to the classic song, Colbert and Batiste sang: “So just chant out my name, and unless the traffic is bad, I’ll come running, Frank, baby.”

Watch the clip above for the rest of Colbert’s heartfelt dedication to his new friend.

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