That Time Leonardo DiCaprio Met the Pope and Discussed the Environment, Spoke Italian and Kissed His Ring
Be still, my heart. Leonardo DiCaprio speaks Italian.
The gorgeous actor visited the Vatican today (Jan. 28) to see Pope Francis in order to discuss their mutual concern for the environment. Upon arrival, DiCaprio said to him in Italian, “Your Holiness, thank you for granting me this private audience with you,” and kissed his ring.
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*Swoon* What a delectable treat.
DiCaprio also gave the pontiff 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), and an undisclosed check asking him to use it for a charity “close to your heart.”
According to GossipCop and DailyMail, DiCaprio told Francis he had a copy of the painting over his crib in his childhood bedroom. The triptych depicts Adam and Eve in the first panel, a landscape in the second, and a fiery depiction of hell in the third.
He told the Pope, “As a child I didn’t quite understand what it all meant, but through my child’s eyes it represented a planet, the utopia we had been given, the overpopulation, excesses, and the third panel we see a blackened sky that represents so much to me of what’s going in in the environment.” DiCaprio added he thought the painting also represented Francis’ environmental concerns.
Francis, in return, gave the 41-year-old leather-bound copies of his works, Laudato Si and The Joy of the Gospel.
DiCaprio made the trip to the Vatican along with his father George DiCaprio and the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation global fundraising chair, Milutin Gatsby. Wish we were there, too. The actor launched his foundation in 1998 “with the mission of protecting the world’s last wild places.”