Tim Cook met with Pope Francis at the Vatican on Friday

In a somewhat unexpected meeting of the minds, Apple CEO Tim Cook on Friday met with Pope Francis at the Vatican.

Apple CEO Tim Cook met with Pope Francis in Vatican
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In a somewhat unexpected meeting of the minds, Apple CEO Tim Cook on Friday met with Pope Francis at the Vatican. Word of the meeting was first relayed by Carol Glatz, who posted a picture of the Pope's schedule on Twitter earlier today.

That Cook and the Pope actually met face to face was subsequently confirmed by The Financial Times, though it remains wholly unclear what the two discussed. Perhaps giving us some sort of clue, SkyNews reporter Tom Cheshire noted on Twitter that the "meeting has been in works for some time," and that both individuals are "very keen environmentalists."

Interestingly enough, this isn't the first high-profile meeting that the Pope has taken with a well-known tech executive. Just last week, Pope Francis sat down for a meeting with former Google CEO and current Alphabet chairman Eric Schmidt.

But back to Cook for a second, it's worth noting that the Apple CEO had other important plans while traveling in Europe this week. Just a few days ago, Cook also met privately with EU antitrust chief Margrethe Vestager, a significant meeting given the European Commission's ongoing investigation into Apple's European tax practices. Just last week, reports surfaced indicating that Apple might owe as much as $8 billion in back taxes due to the company's complex tax scheme that it set up in Ireland.

For what it's worth, Cook has adamantly maintained that Apple pays every cent in taxes that it owes.

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