Leonardo DiCaprio met Pope Francis at the Vatican on Thursday to discuss an important matter both influential people are passionate about: the environment.
“Your Holiness, thank you for granting me this private audience with you,” said the Oscar nominee in Italian as he greeted the pontiff and kissed his ring.
Associated Press reported that “The Revenant” actor gave the pope a book containing the artworks of 15th-century Dutch painter Hieronymus Bosch where he showed a replica of “The Garden of Earthly Delights” a painting his father hung over his crib when he was a baby.
“As a child, I didn’t quite understand what it all meant,” DiCaprio told the Pope. “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.”
The 41-year-old founder of the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation then handed the Catholic leader a check to support the charity works close to his heart.
In return, Pope Francis gave DiCaprio red leather-bound copies of his encyclical “Laudato Si” and “The Joy of Gospel.”
“Pray for me, don’t forget,” the pontiff told the philanthropist before he left the room.
The Pope’s encyclical subtitled “Our Care for Our Common Home” contains his warning on the wrath of Climate Change.
“The Earth, our home, is beginning to look more and more like an immense pile of filth,” the Pope said at the time of the document’s release. “In many parts of the planet, the elderly lament that once beautiful landscapes are now covered with rubbish.”
Along with his encyclical is the 10 Commandments on Climate Change which talks about his call for people to think of the future generations, embrace alternative energy sources, turn off the lights, recycle, and don’t waste food among others.