[Hat-tip to Canon212: “Did Francis and Facebook’s Zuckerberg really talk about this stuff?”]
BY EDWARD PENTIN
[Atheist] Zuckerberg and [Buddhist] wife Priscilla Chan [American-born daughter of ethnic Chinese Vietnamese boat people] presenting a gift to the Pope, accompanied by Vatican spokesman [and Opus Dei numerary], Greg Burke
In the latest in a series of meetings with tech industry heavyweights this year [previously Apple’s CEO Tim Cooke and Google’s former CEO Eric Schmidt], Pope Francis today received in private audience Mark Zuckerberg, founder and CEO of Facebook.
In a statement, Holy See Press Office director Greg Burke said the Pope this morning met Zuckerberg along with his wife, Prescilla Chan.
“Together they spoke 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,” the statement read.
Although praised for bringing many people together and reconnecting friends, over the years Facebook has come under criticism for allowing blasphemous anti-Catholic pages, and more recently for censoring some politically conservative posts on the site.
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