Singer Mariah Carey was taken aback at the recent opening of designer clothing store Pinko in London, when she was confronted by a Venetian priest who told the star he was praying for her. FRIAR NASR, a friend of Pinko president PIETRO NEGRA, was flown out to the UK to deliver a special message to the WE BELONG TOGETHER hitmaker after she became the new face of the Italian firm on Thursday (15FEB07). He says, "I handed her the prayer card of St Benedict. She looked pleased." However, Negra denied Carey - whose mother is Catholic - was expected to behave in any particular way because of the message. He says, "Religion is important to our family - we are all churchgoers. But we didn't ask Mariah to work for us for any religious reasons - business is business."