Leo really is going all out to make sure he gets that Best Actor Oscar now isn't he...

DiCaprio was in the Vatican meeting Pope Francis to discuss their shared concern for the environment among other things, and DiCaprio began proceedings with a bow and a customary kiss of the Pope's ring while trying out his Italian and saying: "Your Holiness, thank you for granting me this private audience with you."

The unlikely duo (although we could see them teaming up for the right cause/movie if push came to shove) also swapped books, with DiCaprio giving Francis a book of the works by 15th-century Dutch painter Hieronymus Bosch, whose works had hung over DiCaprio's crib as a baby, which DiCaprio explained by saying that "As a child I didn’t quite understand what it all meant, but through my child’s eyes it represented a planet, the utopia we had been given, the overpopulation, excesses, and the third panel we see a blackened sky that represents so much to me of what’s going on in the environment."

The Pope also received a cheque for a charity from DiCaprio, which is what we're guessing the price of admissions is for a one-on-one with the head of the Catholic Church (and a few prays for an Academy Award).

In return, DiCaprio got a copy of 'Laudato Si' and 'The Joy of the Gospel' which we're sure went right into a pile to be read on the way home.

Via Us Weekly