It wasn't a private meeting with the pope, and apparently a screening of the film wasn't going to happen, but the trip to Rome had the actor upbeat on social media nonetheless.
"What a privilege , attended the Udienza with the holy father @Pontifex . St.Joesephs day &
"Ciao Roma, my love for your eternal light just grows deeper," he added later. "Thank you holy father @Pontifex for the blessing."
Crowe had reached out to @Pontifex via Twitter back in February, offering to screen "Noah" for the holy father before its public release and then days later sending an apology of sorts: "Dear Holy Father @Pontifex," he said Feb. 25, "Sorry that I have caused havoc in your social media world. Seriously though #NoAH the movie will fascinate you."
No answer from the pope, who apparently doesn't watch movies in general. Regarding a previous request to screen
The "Philomena" screening rebuff happened a few weeks before Crowe tweeted his "Noah" invitation.
The biblical epic opens March 28 in the U.S. It had its world premiere in Mexico City on March 10.