Russell Crowe finally meets Pope Francis Twitter Thu-20-Mar-14 09:29 Share this By Jay-Jay FeeneyRussell Crowe and director Darren Afronosky got to meet Pope Francis yesterday after months of lobbying. The Gladiator actor and the moviemaker had hoped to meet the pontiff and secure endorsement for their biblical epic during their trip to Italy this week, but reports suggested Vatican officials turned them down. However, the pair was eventually granted a brief meeting with the Pope after being invited to join the official VIP section of Wednesday morning's general address in the Vatican, Italy. The event takes place every Wednesday is open to the public. Crowe posted pictures of the event on his Twitter.com, adding, "What a privilege, attended the Udienza with the holy father..." He later wrote, "Ciao Roma (goodbye Rome), my love for your eternal light just grows deeper. Thank you holy father... for the blessing." You May Also Like Ryan Gosling nails the Kiwi accent Russell Crowe has a new girlfriend Is Russell Crowe getting into a weird relationship? Become a fan of The Edge on Facebook and on Twitter .