Pope Francis is to meet former Google CEO Eric Schmidt at the Vatican today.
The Holy Father will meet the Silicon Valley executive and philanthropist for 15 minutes at the Vatican, along with Jared Cohen, a former US state department official who is now head of Google Ideas.
Pope Francis does not own a computer but has said in the past that the internet, he once said, is a “gift from God” because of its ability to offer “immense possibilities for encounter and solidarity”.
He said in a speech on technology in 2014: “This is something truly good,” calling social media an “encounter”.
“In a world like this, media can help us to feel closer to one another, creating a sense of the unity of the human family which can in turn inspire solidarity and serious efforts to ensure a more dignified life for all.”
Schmidt joined Google in March 2001 and is now ranked as the 136th-richest person in the world.
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