Pope Francis received U.S. actor and director Sylvester “Sly” Stallone at the Vatican on Friday, September 8, morning.
The “Rocky” actor met the pope in the Apostolic Palace together with his brother, actor and musician Frank Stallone; his wife, Jennifer Flavin; and their three daughters: Sophie, Sistine, and Scarlet.
The Vatican released photos of the meeting but did not provide details of the encounter.
A video shared by Vatican News showed Pope Francis meeting Stallone and telling him, “We grew up with your films.” Stallone, jokingly making fists, responded: “Ready, we box!”
The 77-year-old actor and director was also seen in the Vatican Museums on September 8.
Stallone started acting in 1969 and has popularly known in various films such as the Rocky series, Rambo Series and The Expendables films series and others.