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

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ROME Pope Francis on Sunday awarded medals to American actors Richard Gere and George Clooney and singer Salma Hayek during an eventuality hold during a Vatican to foster a work of a substructure desirous by a pontiff, Scholas Occurrentes.

Clooney attended a eventuality with his mother Amal, a lawyer.

The foundation, whose name means “schools that meet” in Spanish, links record with a arts, aiming during amicable formation and a informative of peace.

Francis had combined a identical classification when he was Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio in Buenos Aires, though Scholas has now turn an general substructure operative out of a Vatican.

“Important values can be transmitted by celebrities,” pronounced one of a organizers, Lorena Bianchetti, adding that a actors had concluded to be ambassadors for one of a foundation’s humanities projects.

(Reporting by Steve Scherer; Editing by Andrew Bolton)

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