Princess Charlene charmed Pope Francis during a private call on the pontiff at the Vatican alongside her husband, Prince Albert of Monaco.

Francis was smiling as Charlene knelt before him, grasped the pope's right hand and kissed it Monday.

Both the princess and the pope were in white. Charlene wore a simple, elegantly tailored off-white coat, white gloves and beige high-heeled pumps, while Francis wore his usual gown.

The couple didn't bring their 13-month old twins, Gabriella and Jacques, but Francis said: "I will pray especially for your children."

The prince, who has a farm, presented the pontiff with a basket of fruit and vegetables and a basket of cheese. He also gave Francis a copy of a special edition, printed in the tiny Mediterranean principality, of the papal encyclical, which stresses people's duty to save the Earth's environment.

"You know it," Albert, said, jokingly. The pope quipped back: "I think I've read it.'"

Albert has created a foundation to protect the environment and encourage sustainable development.

'Spotlight' wins big at Critics' Choice

The investigative journalism drama "Spotlight" won the top prize at the Critics' Choice Awards on Sunday, while awards favorites Brie Larson and Leonardo DiCaprio won the top acting prizes for "Room" and "The Revenant." Both actors won Golden Globe Awards and are considered front-runners for the Academy Awards.

The financial crisis dramedy "The Big Short" won for best comedy and best comedic actor for star Christian Bale, who kissed both his wife and director Adam McKay on his way up to the stage.

"Mad Max‚ÄČ: Fury Road" was the most nominated film of the evening with 13 nominations from the Broadcast Film Critics' Association. It won best director for George Miller, best action movie, and best action movie actor and actress for Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron.

But it was "Spotlight's" night in the end. The film also picked up best acting ensemble, winning over "Straight Outta Compton" and "The Hateful Eight."

No. 1: David Bowie's last album, "Blackstar," debuted number one on the Billboard charts, the first chart-topper for the late musician. Since it was released two days before Bowie died of cancer on Jan. 10, "Blackstar" has sold 174,000 copies, according to Nielsen Music. It's the best sales week for Bowie since Nielsen began electronically tracking music purchases in 1991.

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