Leonardo DiCaprio meets Pope Francis

Vatican City, Jan 29 (IANS) Hollywood star Leonardo DiCaprio had a meeting with Pope Francis here to discuss their mutual concern — environment and climate change.

Pope Francis received “The Wolf of Wall Street” star on Thursday morning for his commitment to defending the environment. As usual at this type of private event, the Vatican only announced the meeting, but did not report on its contents, reports Efe.

However, Vatican Radio shared information about the meeting which took place in recognition of the actor’s commitment to defending the environment.

Other than his acting skills, DiCaprio is also known as an environmentalist and philanthropist. He has even created the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation to support organisations and initiatives dedicated to securing a sustainable future for our planet.

“DiCaprio addressed the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland earlier this month, calling on business leaders to do more to fight global warming, and announced the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation is donating $15 million to environmental projects,” Vatican Radio said.

“The actor gave the Pope a book of art from the Dutch Renaissance painter, Hieronymus Bosch, and at the end of the encounter, DiCaprio kissed the Pope’s ring, and, in Italian, thanked the Holy Father for meeting with him,” the Radio added.

DiCaprio paid a visit to Rome to promote his movie “The Revenant”, for which he has received a nomination for an Academy Award in the Best Actor in a Leading Role category.

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