Pope Francis Meeting Celebrities Through the Years

Many celebrities and politicians have been fans of His Holiness since his papacy began in 2013

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J Balvin

J Balvin shared some selfies and a video of him with Pope Francis. https://www.instagram.com/p/Ch-N711pzlL/.
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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.

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Queen Elizabeth II

Pope Francis welcomes 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.

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Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom

Katy Perry, top, and Orlando Bloom, center, look at Pope Francis
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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.

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Sting and Trudie Styler

Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner, also known as Sting, and his wife Trudie Styler meet Pope Francis

Sting and wife Trudie Styler said hello during a weekly general audience at Paul VI Hall in August of 2018.

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Mark Wahlberg

Mark Wahlberg (C) speaks as Pope Francis (L) speaks during the Festival of Families
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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.

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Patti Smith

Pope Francis greets US rockstar Patti Smith
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Patti Smith and the Pope looked equally excited to greet one another at the Vatican in December 2017 following a benefit Christmas concert.

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Martin Scorsese

Pope Francis shakes hands with director Martin Scorsese,
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After screening his film Silence in Rome, director Martin Scorsese had a private audience with Pope Francis in November 2016.

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Arnold Schwarzenegger

Pope Francis looks at a book given to him by Arnold Schwarzenegger,
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Arnold Schwarzenegger gave His Holiness a book in January 2017 when visiting The Vatican for a weekly general audience.

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Antonio Banderas

Antonio Banderas and his girlfriend Nicole Kimpel meet Pope Francis
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In April 2016, Nicole Kimpel snapped a photo as beau Antonio Banderas shook hands with the figurehead in St. Peter's Square.

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Andrea Bocelli

Pope Francis salutes tenor Andrea Bocelli
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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.

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Bono meets pope Francis
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After meeting Pope John Paul II in 1999, Bono had a private audience with Pope Francis in September 2018.

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Leonardo DiCaprio

Pope Francis meets with actor Leonardo DiCaprio
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Leonardo DiCaprio talked environmental issues with the Pope when the two met at The Vatican in January 2016.

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Joseph Fiennes

Joseph Fiennes greets Pope Francis
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Joseph Fiennes, in Italy to promote his biblical film Risen, said hello to the pontiff in February 2016.

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Richard Gere and Alejandra Silva

Pope Francis talks with US actor Richard Gere
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In May 2016, Richard Gere and Alejandra Silva greeted His Holiness during a meeting with the Pope's educational organization, Scholas Occurrentes.

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Angelina Jolie

Pope Francis meeting with US actress and UNHCR ambassador Angelina Jolie
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Angelina Jolie gave a warm welcome in January 2015 while hosting a private screening of her movie Unbroken at The Vatican.

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Tim Cook

Pope meeting Celebs - Tim Cook
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Apple's Tim Cook had a meeting of the minds with Pope Francis in January of 2016.

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Mark Zuckerberg

Pope meeting Celebs - Mark Zuckerberg
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Similarly, Mark Zuckerberg said hello during an August 2016 visit to The Vatican.

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George and Amal Clooney

Le Pape François salue George Clooney et sa femme Amal
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George and Amal Clooney sported big smiles while shaking hands with Pope Francis at The Vatican during a Scholas Occurrentes event in May 2016.

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