Pontiff blessing for Oscar-hopeful Leo? Pope Francis meets with fellow green activist Leonardo DiCaprio


Jan 28, 2016 16:43:31 IST

Vatican City: Pope Francis is meeting with a fellow green activist: Leonardo DiCaprio.

Leonardo DiCaprio. AFP

Leonardo DiCaprio. AFP

The Oscar-nominated actor had a morning audience with the pope on Thursday. The Vatican offered no immediate comment, other than to confirm the meeting was on the pope's agenda.

Francis' environmental encyclical Laudato Si (Praise Be) has been embraced by environmentalists for its denunciation of the world's fossil fuel-based economy and demand for greener energy sources.

Di Caprio, nominated for an Oscar for his role in "The Revenant," is a longtime environmental campaigner who in 1998 launched his eponymous foundation to support initiatives aimed at sustainability. He recently addressed the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, announcing the foundation was donating another $15 million to environmental projects and pleading with business leaders to battle global warming.


Updated Date: Jan 28, 2016 16:43:31 IST