Pope Francis greets US actor and former governor of California Arnold Schwarzenegger during his weekly audience at the Paul VI Hall on Jan. 25, 2017 in Vatican City, Vatican.
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January 25, 2017 10:57 AM EST

Arnold Schwarzenegger, former governor of California and action movie giant, greeted Pope Francis at the Vatican during the weekly General Audience.

Schwarzenegger has been promoting his NGO, “R20 – Regions of Climate Action” which helps sub-national governments around the world develop low carbon projects, Vatican Radio reports. Schwarzenegger showed Pope Francis some of the NGO’s work in a brief exchange.

Schwarzenegger, who rose to fame as a bodybuilder and actor, had previously met Pope John Paul II. He tweeted a picture of the meeting and called the Pope a “a true leader for the Church.”

Schwarzenegger recently inherited a role as the face of The New Celebrity Apprentice from President Donald Trump — who quickly taunted him on Twitter after his ratings didn’t live up to when Trump hosted the show.



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