Amal and George Clooney Met the Pope and the Mutual Admiration Was Palpable

George made that same face the whole time, pretty much.

Amal and George Clooney (black & white)
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It would be perfectly logical to assume the purpose of Amal and George Clooney's trip to Rome was so Amal could continue her world tour of Chic and Smart Aren't Mutually Exclusive (opens in new tab), but her trophy husband (opens in new tab) had a reason to be there too: to serve as an ambassador for Pope Francis' arts foundation.

Alongside Richard Gere and Salma Hayek, George "B-A-N-A-N-A-S" Clooney (opens in new tab) shook hands with the religious leader while—apologies, there's no other way I would like to put this—straight cheesin'. Amal, on the other hand, smiled demurely in her three-quarter-sleeve Atelier Versace dress and a silk hat Donatella probably saw in Clayton's Gatsby.

Amal and George Clooney Meeting the Pope

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Chelsea Peng is a writer and editor who was formerly the assistant editor at She's also worked for The Strategist and Refinery29, and is a graduate of Northwestern University. On her tombstone, she would like a GIF of herself that's better than the one that already exists on the Internet and a free fro-yo machine. Besides frozen dairy products, she's into pirates, carbs, Balzac, and snacking so hard she has to go lie down.