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Salma Hayek feared sexy Susan Sarandon pic would put off pope

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Salma Hayek feared this Instagram post would put off the Pope when she accepted an award, Sunday, May 29, 2016. (Photo courtesy Salma Hayek Instagram)

Salma Hayek was scared her meeting with Pope Francis would be ruined by a revealing snap she took with Susan Sarandon.

The 49-year-old actress received a medal from the pontiff at a ceremony at the Vatican on Sunday for her work promoting his Scholas Occurrentes initiative.

However the Frida star was concerned that the religious leader would reconsider his decision to honour her alongside fellow stars George Clooney and Richard Gere due to a saucy photograph she posted on Instagram.

The photograph, taken at the Cannes Film Festival last month, shows Salma and fellow actress Susan in low cut tops admiring each others' breasts.

The star captioned the picture, "Salma: 'Susan, you are bigger than me!' Susan Sarandon: 'Of course I am...'"

Salma tells U.K. chat show host Graham Norton, "I was very honoured and excited to be receiving a medal from him but I was really nervous because I had just posted an Instagram of me staring at Susan Sarandon's boobs and I was so afraid he would see that picture and take away my medal!"

Although Pope Francis does have an official Instagram account, the leader of the Catholic Church does not follow anyone on the photo sharing site.

Despite Salma's risque image sharing habits, the meeting and awards ceremony went ahead as planned and afterwards she posted a picture of herself with her husband Fran├žois-Henri Pinault and the Pope kissing her daughter Valentina, which she captioned, "I can not love him more."

Salma has agreed to be an ambassador for the Scholas Occurrentes organisation, which was founded by the pontiff in 2013 to promote peace and understanding through the use of technology and arts education.

She will front an arts project for the non-profit organisation, which links up more than 400,000 pupils from 82 countries.