Russell Crowe meets Pope Francis during the General Audience

March 19th, 2014

Russell Crowe met Pope Francis during the General Audience at the Vatican today (19.03.14).

The 'Noah' actor was joined by director Darren Aronofsky and Paramount Pictures vice chairman Rob Moore where they saw the leader of the Catholic Church at 10.30 am in St. Peter's Square, a Universal Studios spokeswoman confirmed to Variety.com.

The pope greeted crowds of people during the event which is open to the public and he stood in an open air jeep often stopping to say a few words.

Crowe wrote on Twitter: ''What a privilege , attended the Udienza with the holy father @Pontifex . St.Joesephs day & Fathers Day (sic)''

Before he added: ''Ciao Roma, my love for your eternal light just grows deeper. Thank you holy father @Pontifex for the blessing (sic)''

This comes after the pope reportedly cancelled a meeting with the creative team behind 'Noah' which was set for 8.30 am today (19.03.14).

They wanted the pope to lend a blessing to the biblical epic, 'Noah', which is based on the story of Noah's Ark from The Book Of Genesis, prior to the US release at the end of March.

It was believed the Vatican called off the meeting ''over concerns word would leak, causing a spectacle as Crowe and Aronofsky landed in Rome.''