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Pope Meets Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg

Discussed How Communication Technologies Can Alleviate Poverty, Help Deliver Message of Hope, Even to Most Disadvantaged

Pope Francis has received the founder and CEO of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, in the Vatican.

Director of the Holy See Press Office, Greg Burke, confirmed this 20-minute encounter in a statement released this morning, noting the young entrepreneur was accompanied by his wife, Priscilla Chan, for the meeting which took place in the Pope’s residence of Casa Santa Marta.

Facebook is a social network that began by allowing Harvard undergraduates to share messages and photos. Since 2007, it has expanded into four languages, and now has more than 1.71 billion users and translations in 70 languages.

According to the statement, the Pope and Zuckerberg discussed “how to use communication technologies to alleviate poverty, encourage a culture of encounter” and how to “help deliver a message of hope, especially to those people who are most disadvantaged.”


About Deborah Castellano Lubov

Deborah Castellano Lubov is a Senior Vatican & Rome Correspondent for ZENIT; author of 'The Other Francis' ('L'Altro Francesco') featuring interviews with those closest to the Pope and preface by Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Parolin (currently published in four languages). She often covers the Pope's travels abroad, at times from the papal flight, and has done television and radio commentary, including for Vatican Radio and BBC. She is a contributor to National Catholic Register, UK Catholic Herald, Our Sunday Visitor, Inside the Vatican, and other Catholic news outlets. She has also collaborated with the Vatican in various projects, including an internship at the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, and is a collaborator with NBC Universal, NBC News, Euronews, and EWTN. For 'The Other Francis': or

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