Pope Francis received Facebook Founder & CEO Mark Zuckerberg, along with his wife, in a private audience at the Vatican on Monday.
According to a press release by Vatican spokesman Greg Burke the two “spoke about how to use communication technologies to alleviate poverty, encourage a culture of encounter, and help deliver a message of hope, especially to those people who are most disadvantaged.”
The informal meeting took place at the Pope’s residence Santa Marta. Zuckerberg gave Pope Francis a model of “Aquila”, a solar-powered aircraft being developed by Facebook to beam internet coverage to remote parts of the world. In return Pope Francis gave Zuckerberg and his wife with a copy of the book “The Name of God is Mercy, a book-length interview he did with Italian journalist, Andrea Tornielli.
Zuckerberg posted on Facebook about the encounter, saying “It was a meeting we’ll never forget. You can feel his warmth and kindness, and how deeply he cares about helping people.”