Leonardo DiCaprio Meets Pope Francis At The Vatican
Leonardo DiCaprio met with Pope Francis at the Vatican on Thursday, where the two men discussed their environmental concerns. The actor also gifted the Pope with a book of art, as well as a check to donate to a charity of his choosing.
After arriving at the Pope’s residence, DiCaprio kissed his ring and said in Italian, “Your Holiness, thank you for granting me this private audience with you.” The actor then gave Francis a book of art by 15th-century Dutch painter Hieronymus Bosch, which featured a reproduction of “Garden of Earthly Delights,” an iconic painting located in the Museo del Prado in Madrid.
DiCaprio told the Pope that he had a copy of the painting on the wall of his childhood bedroom, and it’s imagery has always served as a representation of environmental troubles. Both DiCaprio and Francis are passionate about circumventing the dangers of climate change by using natural energy sources.
During their brief meeting, the actor also handed the Pope a check for an undisclosed amount and asked him to use it for a charity “close to your heart.” In return, Francis gave DiCaprio leather-bound copies of his works, “Laudato Si” and “The Joy of the Gospel.”