By Lindsay Kimble
May 30, 2016 at 01:44 PM EDT
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George and Amal Clooney exchanged smiles and handshakes with Pope Francis on Sunday during a visit to Vatican City.

The couple, who attended the pontiff’s Un Muro o Un Ponte Seminary at Paul VI Hall, were also on hand so that George could be awarded a medal for his work with Francis’ Scholas Occurrentes, an International Organization of Pontifical Right that connects technology with arts and sports, according to its website.

George will serve as an ambassador for one of the foundation’s art projects, Reuters reported. Salma Hayek and Richard Gere were at the event and will also serve as ambassadors. The meeting consisted of testimonials, music, videos, and a Q&A session, according to Vatican Radio.

For the Vatican City trip, Amal wore a chic, black lace Atelier Versace dress paired with a matching turban hat and Jimmy Choo shoes. Meanwhile, George looked dapper in a suit with a white shirt.