Mark Zuckerberg Meets Pope Francis, Gives him a Model of Aquila Aircraft


Pope Francis has met with Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Zuckerberg’s wife, Priscilla Chan, at the Vatican.

Vatican spokesman Greg Burke says one topic of discussion at Monday’s meeting was “how to use communication technologies to alleviate poverty, encourage a culture of encounter, and make a message of hope arrive, especially to those most in need.”

Zuckerberg has previously pledged to bring disadvantaged communities online, an initiative that is currently attempting to provide refugee camps with Internet access.

The atmosphere appeared informal, with the chat taking place in the Santa Marta residence, the guest house in Vatican City where the pope lives.

Zuckerberg wore a dark suit and tie for the occasion while Chan wore a black, knee-length dress.

Zuckerberg presented the Pope with a model of his solar-powered aircraft, Aquila, which he hopes to use to beam wireless connectivity to places without access to the Internet (or Facebook).

SOURCE: The Telegraph