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Leonardo DiCaprio Meets With Pope Francis and Brings Lots of Gifts -- See the Pics!

by Desiree Murphy 12:23 PM PST, January 28, 2016
Playing Leonardo DiCaprio Meets With Pope Francis and Brings Lots of Gifts -- See the Pics!

Well, this just may be better than winning an Oscar!

On Thursday morning, Leonardo DiCaprio privately met with Pope Francis at the Vatican, where the two discussed their mutual passion for saving the environment.

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The Oscar-nominated actor, a longtime environmental advocate, was accompanied by his father, George DiCaprio, for the 15-minute meeting. "Your Holiness, thank you for granting me this private audience with you," DiCaprio said in Italian, according to the Associated Press.

Photo: L'Osservatore Romano/Pool Photo via AP

The Revenant star then proceeded to thank the pope, even handing him a personal check to use towards charity efforts "close to your heart," the AP reported.

Later, DiCaprio gave Francis a book of works from 15th-century Dutch painter Hieronymus Bosch, and showed him one of his childhood favorites -- a depiction of Adam and Eve -- titled "Garden of Delights."

Photo: Sipa via AP Images

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DiCaprio has long been involved in environmental causes, founding The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation in 1998 to help protect wildlife from extinction and restore balance to threatening ecosystems and communities. The foundation most recently donated $15 million towards conservation projects across the globe. Milutin Gatsby, Global Fundraising Chairman of the foundation, was also in attendance for DiCaprio's meeting with the pontiff.

In more DiCaprio news, the actor is gearing up for the 88th Annual Academy Awards next month, hopefully taking home his much-anticipated first Academy Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role for portraying frontiersman Hugh Glass in The Revenant.

As we patiently wait to see if he'll nab the award, watch the video below to relive DiCaprio's near misses at Oscar glory!

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