Video of the encounter is posted above, from Rome Reports.
It happened today:
Among those greeting Pope Francis at the General Audience on Wednesday was Arnold Schwarzenegger, the former governor of the US state of California. Schwarzenegger has been promoting the “R20 – Regions of Climate Action”, an NGO he founded in 2010 which seeks to help sub-national governments around the world to develop and communicate low-carbon and climate resilient economic development projects.
Schwarzenegger, who rose to fame as a bodybuilder and actor, had previously met Pope John Paul II. He tweeted a picture of the meeting and called the Pope a “a true leader for the Church.”
For those who are wondering: Schwarzenegger once described himself as “a Catholic and a very dedicated Catholic” who, nonetheless, in defiance of Church teaching, supported embryonic stem cell research during his time as governor of California.