Pope Francis, Facebook Founder Mark Zuckerberg Discuss Poverty at Vatican

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

This handout picture released by the Vatican press office shows Pope Francis during a meeting with Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg on August 29, 2016, at the Vatican.
This handout picture released by the Vatican press office shows Pope Francis during a meeting with Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg on August 29, 2016, at the Vatican.Credit: AFP photo, Osservatore Romano

Pope Francis 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."

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.

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