George Clooney honoured by the Pope with wife Amal at his side

George Clooney and his wife Amal returned to Italy – the country where they first met – for a fleeting visit over the weekend. The couple visited the Vatican City in Rome where George was honoured by the Pope.

As a supporter of the pontiff's foundation Scholas Occurrentes, George, 55, was presented with a medal. The foundation aims to bring together children from different backgrounds, with the hope of achieving peace and understanding.

George gave a few words as he was honoured at the Un Muro o Un Ponte seminar held at the Paul VI Hall, seated alongside his wife Amal.


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George Clooney was awarded a medal by the Pope

The human rights lawyer scored a perfect ten for her business chic attire, wearing a black lace Atelier Versace dress and a glamorous hat.       

Celebrity ambassadors Salma Hayek and Richard Gere were also in attendance and honoured for their work with the foundation. Salma shared an Instagram photo of the Pope kissing her daughter Valentina on the head, and captioned it: "I can not love him more."

George and Amal were also pictured shaking hands with the Pope and chatting to him backstage.

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Amal stunned in a black lace Atelier Versace dress

It wasn't all work and no play for George and Amal though. The couple had the chance to explore Rome and enjoyed date night later that evening.

The lovebirds, who departed Italy via private jet, have just come from the Cannes Film Festival where George was promoting his new thriller Money Monster.

The power couple made a stunning debut, with Amal walking her first red carpet at Cannes in a Grecian flowing pale yellow gown.

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Salma Hayek was also honoured at the event

Understandably, George looked completed besotted with his wife of 19 months, and sweetly gave her a tender kiss on the cheek as they posed for cameras at the event.

George takes the lead in the thriller, playing financial TV personality Lee Gates, who offers out stock advice on his hit TV show Money Monster. However, he ends up being taken hostage by a viewer, Kyle Budwell, who has lost all of his money following a bad top from Lee.

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