Celebrities who've met Popes throughout history
Elon Musk breaks Twitter hiatus to share photo of himself and sons with Pope Francis
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Elon Musk broke his unusual 10-day streak of silence on Twitter with quite a statement post: a photo of himself and four of his sons with Pope Francis. Well, first the Tesla CEO tweeted on July 1, "Feeling … perhaps … a little bored?" Then in a subsequent tweet he posted a photo of himself and son Griffin, and triplets Kai, Damian, and Sax—whom he shares with his first wife, Justine Wilson—posing beside Pope Francis. "Honored to meet @Pontifex yesterday," Musk wrote. It's an unexpected meeting, but it's far from the first.
In 1967, the inaugural session of World Communications Day took place at the Vatican, in Rome. Established by Pope Paul VI as an annual celebration that encourages people to reflect on the opportunities and challenges that the modern means of social communication (the press, motion pictures, radio, television, and the Internet) afford the Church to communicate the gospel message, the initiative effectively ushered in the era of the celebrity-pontiff audience. The message today has broadened to include issues surrounding climate change, Third World debt, global health care, education, and other social causes. But the image of a well-known personality being greeted by the Pope still serves as an especially powerful endorsement of that message.
Click through this gallery for a past and present look at pontiffs meeting personalities.
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