Pope Francis, who leads over 1.27 billion Catholics around the world met with Zuckerberg, the head of Facebook, a company that has over 1.71 billion users worldwide on Monday at the Santa Marta, the guest house in Vatican City where the pope resides.
The meeting according to an official statement from the Vatican Press Office was “about how to use communications technology to alleviate poverty, encourage a culture of encounter, and to communicate a message of hope, especially to the most disadvantaged.”
This meeting made a huge impact on Zuckerberg, who later wrote on his Facebook page that, “It was a meeting we’ll never forget. You can feel his warmth and kindness, and how deeply he cares about helping people.” See his full post below.
In an exchange of gifts, the CEO of Facebook presented the pope with a model of Aquila, a solar-powered aircraft that will provide Internet connectivity to areas where Internet connection is not possible and the pope in return presented the Zuckerbergs with a copy of “The Name of God is Mercy,” an interview he did with Italian journalist, Andrea Tornielli.
The pope has made it clear that he supports social media only if it is used to “facilitate relationships” rather than being used to “further polarization and division.”
Zuckerberg is not the only tech leader that the pope had an audience with, earlier in the year he met with Google’s Eric Schmidt, Apple CEO Tim Cook and Kevin Systrom, CEO and co-founder of Instagram.
Source: Catholic News Service
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