Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are due to meet Pope Francis at the Vatican -- find out more in the new issue of Us Weekly! Credit: Jason Merritt/Getty Images; Pier Marco Tacca/Getty Images

Hollywood meets the Holy See! Tinseltown royalty Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are taking a very special trip to Rome this month, not to eat pasta and tour the Colosseum, but to meet the Pope, an insider reveals exclusively in the new issue of Us Weekly

The A-listers will fly to Italy in early January "for a VIP meet-and-greet at the Vatican with Pope Francis," the source says of the stars, who consider themselves nonreligious. 

Pitt, 51, grew up Baptist but later distanced himself from his faith, telling The Hollywood Reporter in 2012, "I don't have a great relationship with religion. I oscillate between agnosticism and atheism." 

That said, a friend tells Us that both the actor and his wife "admire the Pope" and "like the Pope's message." (Pope Francis is thought to be more tolerant than his predecessors; speaking about homosexuality in 2013, he famously said, "If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has goodwill, who am I to judge?")

The jet-setting stars have been busy in recent days with individual projects — Pitt was at the Palm Springs International Film Festival on Jan. 3, while Jolie was spotted in Las Vegas — but arrangements for their visit are under way.