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Apple CEO Tim Cook Meets With Pope Francis in Vatican City

The pope reportedly granted a private audience to the head of the company that makes iPhones and Macs.

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Ian Sherr (he/him/his) grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, so he's always had a connection to the tech world. As an editor at large at CNET, he wrote about Apple, Microsoft, VR, video games and internet troubles. Aside from writing, he tinkers with tech at home, is a longtime fencer -- the kind with swords -- and began woodworking during the pandemic.
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Tim Cook, in a gray shirt, on stage at an Apple product event

Apple CEO Tim Cook on stage at an Apple product announcement in 2018.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook was granted a private audience with Pope Francis on Monday, according to a report from Reuters, citing the pope's public schedule. Cook's stop at the Vatican came amid a larger tour of Italy, during which he's been visiting Apple Stores, app developers and schools following the iPhone 14 launch last month.

Reuters said that, as is customary, the Vatican did not disclose what was discussed during the private meeting. Apple representatives didn't immediately respond to requests for comment.

The meeting marks Cook's latest connection on the world's stage. The 61-year-old tech executive has regularly met with political and business leaders since Apple co-founder Steve Jobs named him as Apple's CEO more than a decade ago. Jobs had also regularly met with world leaders, including a prominent 2011 dinner in Silicon Valley with President Barack Obama.

Cook has continued those efforts, traveling regularly to Washington DC, meeting with lawmakers and US presidents. In 2019, Cook invited then-President Donald Trump to an Apple facility in Texas, which assembled the company's latest Mac Pro computers. Last year, Cook and Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella met with President Joe Biden to discuss cybersecurity amid high-profile hacks that shut down a gas pipeline and a major meat producer.