Arnold Schwarzenegger Meets Pope Francis
Arnold Schwarzenegger met with Pope Francis at the Vatican on Wednesday during a trip to Italy.
The Terminator star and former Governor of California attended the Vatican’s General Audience and was able to greet the pope personally.
The 69-year-old is in Italy promoting his non-governmental organization, R20 — Regions of Climate Action, which helps governments around the globe develop low carbon projects. During his brief meeting with the religious leader, Schwarzenegger spoke about his work with the organization.
“It was my great, great honor to meet His Holiness Pope Francis,” Schwarzenegger wrote on Instagram. “I am a huge fan _ he is not only a wonderful leader for the Catholic Church, he is a fantastic steward for all of God’s creatures. His environmental work inspires me and I look forward to working together for a clean energy future.”
Schwarzenegger has been a strong advocate for climate change initiatives and, as California’s governor, he signed a bill creating America’s first cap on greenhouse gas emissions.
The actor won’t back down on his stance and has previously made it clear he couldn’t care less if critics disagree with him.
“First — do you believe it is acceptable that 7 million people die every year from pollution?” he wrote in a Facebook post, titled, “I don’t give a f**k if we agree about climate change. That’s more than murders, suicides, and car accidents — combined. My second question: do you believe coal and oil will be the fuels of the future?”
Aside from his political and environmental work, Schwarzenegger recently took over as the host of The New Celebrity Apprentice. Newly-elected President Donald Trump previously fronted the reality program.