Sipa USA
Olivia Bahou
Jan 28, 2016 @ 2:00 pm

It may be awards season for Oscar-nominated actor Leonardo DiCaprio, but that didn’t stop him from making a trip to the Vatican this week to meet Pope Francis. The swoon-worthy star even learned a bit of Italian to greet the pope. “Your Holiness, thank you for granting me this private audience with you,” he said in what sounded like practiced Italian:

DiCaprio then presented the head of the Catholic Church with a book of paintings by Dutch artist Hieronymus Bosch and turned to a page with a piece that felt especially personal to him—his father had once displayed the artwork over the actor's crib. "Through my child's eyes it represented our planet," he explained. "It represents to me the promise of the future and enlightenment and it is representational of your view here as well."

He also donated a check from the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation for the pope to use for charity works “close to your heart,” according to the Associated Press. (Both DiCaprio and Francis are active environmentalists who have publicly spoken out about the importance of sustainability and greener energy sources.) The pope reciprocated by presenting the Revenant​ star with gifts that included a leather-bound copy of his works.

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