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Leonardo DiCaprio, Pope Francis Discuss Environmental Issues

Leonardo DiCaprio, Pope Francis Discuss Environmental Issues
February 02
11:33 2016

The Pope had an unusual visitor on Thursday as actor Leonardo DiCaprio met with the pontiff to discuss climate change.

As he arrived, DiCaprio greeted the Pope in Italian saying, “Your Holiness, thank you for granting me this private audience with you.”

Later in the meeting, DiCaprio gave Pope Francis a book by the 15th century Dutch painter Hieronymus Bosch. The book contained a work by Bosch called “Garden of Earthly Delights” which DiCaprio revealed was hanging over his crib as a child. He also told Francis he believed the work represented the current state of the environment, as it features three panels, one with Adam and Eve, one with a blossoming landscape, and the third being a depiction of hell.

Francis has openly opposed the fossil fuel-based economy that runs the world and has demanded greener sources to save the environment. DiCaprio on the other hand, has long been involved in green initiatives. In 1998, he even launched a foundation aimed at increasing sustainability efforts.

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