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Elon Musk meets with the Pope at the Vatican


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After ten days of suspicious silence on the social network Twitter, Elon Musk has broken his silence with a photo in which he appears with Pope Francis. “It was an honor to meet @pontifex yesterday,” he posted earlier this Saturday.

The pontiff and the richest man in the world met this Friday afternoon in Santa Marta for about 40 minutes. It was a private meeting that did not appear on the Pope’s official agenda. In the photo Francisco is very smiling, probably amused after the meeting with Elon Musk and four of his seven children.

The first clue about his presence in Rome was provided by the Twitter account @ElonJet, which continuously monitors the movements of the Elon Musk’s private plane.

“He landed in Rome, Lazio, IT. Flight time approx. 9 Hours and 42 Mins », he posted around 1 pm on Friday after his arrival in Ciampino. Around 6:00 p.m., the plane took off again for Venice, where his brother Kimbal was also.

Elon Musk turned 51 on June 28, so everything indicates that it could be a family trip to celebrate birthday away from work.

Neither he nor the Vatican have disclosed the issues they addressed during their private meeting at Casa Santa Marta. In similar meetings, the Pope has underlined the importance of “algorethics” in artificial intelligence, the ability of the leaders of large corporations to improve society, and the responsibility of public figures since thousands of young people (and not so young ) emulate their attitudes.

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Pope Francis has 9 Twitter accounts, in 9 languages, and nearly 53 million followers. Musk is reconsidering his offer to buy this social network.

The pontiff has met with almost all the leaders of large US corporations. At different times in 2016, he was visited by Eric Schmidt and Jared Cohen, from Google; Apple’s Tim Cook; and Mark Zuckerberg with his wife Priscilla Chan of Facebook.

After that meeting, Zuckerberg published an emotional post on his social network. “We told him how much we admire his message of mercy and tenderness, and how he has found new ways to communicate with people of all faiths around the world,” he wrote. Zuckerberg explained several initiatives to bring the Internet to places most isolated on the planet. “They talked about how to use communication technologies to alleviate poverty, foster a culture of encounter and send a message of hope, especially to the most disadvantaged people,” summed up the Pope’s spokesman.

At the end of February of this year, Francis met for the second time with Brad Smith, president of Microsoft, who collaborates with some projects of the Pontifical Academy for Life.

In the past, popes held private meetings only with cardinals, bishops, and heads of state. The francis geopolitics includes entrepreneurs whose decisions have a direct impact on millions of people around the world.

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