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Musk meets Pope, uses Twitter to announce public

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

“Honored to meet @Pontifex yesterday,” Musk tweeted from the Friday afternoon crowd, alongside a photo of Musk, Francis and four of Musk’s teenage children.

The Vatican did not disclose to the public or provide any information about what was being discussed. Musk’s tweet followed one of a Venice street scene, suggesting he may have made other stops on his tour.

Francis regularly meets high-profile figures in strictly private audiences held in a reception room of the Vatican hotel where he lives. A common topic of conversation he uses when meeting corporate CEOs is to call on them to use wealth and technology to help the poorest while caring for God’s creation.

On June 21, Twitter’s board of directors advised shareholders to approve the proposed purchase of Musk, though Twitter’s shares remain well below its offer price, raising significant doubts as to whether the sale will actually take place.

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