Musk meets pope, uses Twitter to announce the audience

  • FILE - Tesla CEO Elon Musk attends the opening of the Tesla factory Berlin Brandenburg in Gruenheide, Germany, Tuesday, March 22, 2022. Musk has used Twitter to announce he had met with Pope Francis. Musk used the @Pontifex handle in tweeting that he was 'œhonored' to meet with Francis on Friday, July 1, 2022. (Patrick Pleul/Pool via AP, File)

    FILE - Tesla CEO Elon Musk attends the opening of the Tesla factory Berlin Brandenburg in Gruenheide, Germany, Tuesday, March 22, 2022. Musk has used Twitter to announce he had met with Pope Francis. Musk used the @Pontifex handle in tweeting that he was 'œhonored' to meet with Francis on Friday, July 1, 2022. (Patrick Pleul/Pool via AP, File) Associated Press

 
 
Updated 7/2/2022 12:09 PM

ROME -- Tesla CEO Elon Musk, whose $44 billion bid to buy Twitter remains in limbo, used the social media platform to announce he had met with Pope Francis.

'œHonored to meet @Pontifex yesterday,' Musk tweeted of the Friday afternoon audience, alongside a photo showing Musk, Francis and four of Musk's teenage children.

 

The Vatican didn't announce the audience or provide any information about what was discussed. Musk's tweet followed one of a street scene in Venice, suggesting he might have had other stops on his tour.

Francis frequently meets with high-profile figures in strictly private audiences that are held in a reception room of the Vatican hotel where he lives. A common talking point he uses when meeting with corporate CEOs is to appeal for them to use wealth and technology to help the poorest while caring for God's creation.

On June 21, Twitter's board recommended shareholders approve Musk's proposed purchase, though shares of Twitter remain far below his offering price, signaling considerable doubt that the sale will actually happen.

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