Human Interest Pope Francis Meeting Celebrities Through the Years Many celebrities and politicians have been fans of His Holiness since his papacy began in 2013 By Kate Hogan Updated on September 7, 2022 11:45 AM Share Tweet Pin Email Trending Videos 01 of 18 J Balvin J Balvin/Instagram First-ever pope/celeb selfie? The singer and figurehead met in Vatican City ahead of Labor Day Weekend 2022 at a summit organized by the Vitae Global Foundation. In his Instagram caption, Balvin said they took a selfie in "Latino Gang style," hinting to his Latin and Argentinian heritage. "Always on HIGH VIBRATION, LOVE AND TOLERANCE," the reggaeton singer continued. 02 of 18 Queen Elizabeth II Pope Francis meets Queen Elizabeth II. Arthur Edwards/WPA Pool/Getty Images Pope Francis welcomed Queen Elizabeth II (plus Prince Philip, not pictured) for a private audience in April 2014 during her one-day visit to Rome and Vatican City. 03 of 18 Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom (top) were among the well-wishers at the United to Cure international conference on cancer research in Vatican City in April 2018. 04 of 18 Sting and Trudie Styler FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP via Getty Images Sting and wife Trudie Styler said hello during a weekly general audience at Paul VI Hall in August of 2018. 05 of 18 Mark Wahlberg Carl Court/Getty Images Mark Wahlberg had the opportunity to speak in front of the figurehead when he visited the U.S. in September 2015 during the Festival of Families in Philadelphia. 06 of 18 Patti Smith Abaca/Sipa USA(Sipa via AP Images Patti Smith and the Pope looked equally excited to greet one another at the Vatican in December 2017 following a benefit Christmas concert. 07 of 18 Martin Scorsese L'Osservatore Romano/Pool Photo via AP After screening his film Silence in Rome, director Martin Scorsese had a private audience with Pope Francis in November 2016. 08 of 18 Arnold Schwarzenegger L'Osservatore Romano/Pool Photo via AP Arnold Schwarzenegger gave His Holiness a book in January 2017 when visiting The Vatican for a weekly general audience. 09 of 18 Antonio Banderas Sipa via AP Images In April 2016, Nicole Kimpel snapped a photo as beau Antonio Banderas shook hands with the figurehead in St. Peter's Square. 10 of 18 Andrea Bocelli AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia Singer Andrea Bocelli had a special moment with the Pope after performing with the Voices of Haiti children's choir during the August 2017 weekly general audience. 11 of 18 Bono Sipa via AP Images After meeting Pope John Paul II in 1999, Bono had a private audience with Pope Francis in September 2018. 12 of 18 Leonardo DiCaprio L'Osservatore Romano/Pool Photo via AP Leonardo DiCaprio talked environmental issues with the Pope when the two met at The Vatican in January 2016. 13 of 18 Joseph Fiennes L'Osservatore Romano/Pool Photo via AP Joseph Fiennes, in Italy to promote his biblical film Risen, said hello to the pontiff in February 2016. 14 of 18 Richard Gere and Alejandra Silva L'Osservatore Romano/Pool photo via AP In May 2016, Richard Gere and Alejandra Silva greeted His Holiness during a meeting with the Pope's educational organization, Scholas Occurrentes. 15 of 18 Angelina Jolie Alessandra Benedetti/Corbis via Getty Images Angelina Jolie gave a warm welcome in January 2015 while hosting a private screening of her movie Unbroken at The Vatican. 16 of 18 Tim Cook Maurix/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images Apple's Tim Cook had a meeting of the minds with Pope Francis in January of 2016. 17 of 18 Mark Zuckerberg MAURIX/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images Similarly, Mark Zuckerberg said hello during an August 2016 visit to The Vatican. 18 of 18 George and Amal Clooney Maurix/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images George and Amal Clooney sported big smiles while shaking hands with Pope Francis at The Vatican during a Scholas Occurrentes event in May 2016.