George & Amal’s weekend with the Pope
The couple, who attended the pontiff's Un Muro o Un Ponte Seminary at Paul VI Hall, were also on hand so that George could be awarded a medal for his work with Francis' Scholas Occurrentes, an International Organization of Pontifical Right that connects technology with arts and sports, according to its website.
Salma Hayek and Richard Gere are also ambassadors. I like George’s expression while he’s shaking hands with His Excellency. He seems genuinely excited and fangirly. Amal too looks adorably nervous. So that’s where the ultra-famous get star-struck: the Vatican.
During their stay in Rome, the Clooneys went out for dinner a few times, Amal in various outfits. My favourite, I think, is the diagonal striped dress with one shoulder slipping off. The pillbox turban for their meeting with the Pope is pretty spectacular though. That’s how you see it too, right? With more angles than a turban but not quite the structure of a pillbox. And definitely reminiscent of Mrs Jackie Kennedy? Or just me?
We’ve been talking a lot about movie stars today. We’ve seen two movie stars who were once thought invulnerable, Tom Cruise and Johnny Depp, descend dramatically. George Clooney is undeniably a movie star, a member of a dying breed. One by one they are falling, facing extinction. Who’s next?
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