Pope Francis gives awards to Richard Gere, George Clooney and Salma Hayek

May 30, 2016
Pope Francis meets US actor George Clooney (C) and his wife Amal (L) during a meeting of the Scholas Occurrentes at the Vatican, May 29, 2016. Osservatore Romano/ Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVE. - RTX2EQOG

(Pope Francis meets US actor George Clooney (C) and his wife Amal (L) during a meeting of the Scholas Occurrentes at the Vatican, May 29, 2016. REUTERS/Osservatore Romano)

Pope Francis on Sunday awarded medals to American actors Richard Gere and George Clooney and actress Salma Hayek at an event held at the Vatican to promote the work of a foundation inspired by the pontiff, Scholas Occurrentes.

Clooney attended the event with his wife Amal, a lawyer.

The foundation, whose name means “schools that meet” in Spanish, links technology with the arts, aiming at social integration and a cultural of peace.

Francis had created a similar organisation when he was Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio in Buenos Aires, but Scholas has now become an international foundation working out of the Vatican.

“Important values can be transmitted by celebrities,” said one of the organisers, Lorena Bianchetti, adding that the actors had agreed to be ambassadors for one of the foundation’s arts projects.

Pope Francis meets US actor Richard Gere and his girlfriend Alejandra Silva during a meeting of the Scholas Occurrentes at the Vatican, May 29, 2016. Osservatore Romano/ Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVE. - RTX2EQP9

(Pope Francis meets US actor Richard Gere and his girlfriend Alejandra Silva during a meeting of the Scholas Occurrentes at the Vatican, May 29, 2016. REUTERS/Osservatore Romano)

Source: Pope gives awards to Richard Gere, George Clooney and Salma Hayek | Reuters

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