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Leonardo DiCaprio Met With the Pope to Discuss Environmental Concerns, Then They Exchanged Some Light Reading

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Leonardo DiCaprio met with Pope Francis on Thursday at the Vatican to discuss their shared environmental concerns. “Your Holiness, thank you for granting me this private audience with you,” Leo said in Italian as he arrived. (We know what you’re thinking— Leo learned Italian?? Swoon! But calm down, he’s an actor. He knows how to act like he speaks Italian.) Leo then kissed the Pope’s ring, which has since probably increased in value. DiCaprio also gave Francis a book of works by the 15th-century Dutch painter Hieronymus Bosch, and showed him the reproduction of Bosch’s Garden of Earthly Delights that had hung over his crib as a child. Why his expecting parents registered for a triptych painting that depicted a vision of hell is anyone’s guess, but DiCaprio said he thought the painting represented Francis’s environmental concerns. Leo then gave the Pope a check to use for charity works, and the Pope gave Leo some books, which he’ll have to add to his Kindle. The Pope said nothing about The Revenant, but after Leo left, he’s rumored to have said, “I’m never washing this ring.”

Leonardo DiCaprio Met With the Pope