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Pope, Zuckerberg Discuss Tech Solutions To Poverty

The Vatican said that Pope Francis, during a meeting on Monday with Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook founder and Chief Executive, discussed how social media could be used for poverty reduction.
Pope Francis during a meeting with Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg
This handout picture released by the Vatican press office shows Pope Francis (L) during a meeting with Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg on August 29, 2016 at the Vatican. Vatican spokesman Greg Burke said the meeting was focused on “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." / AFP PHOTO / OSSERVATORE ROMANO AND AFP PHOTO / HO / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / OSSERVATORE ROMANO" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
A report from the Vatican City said that the Pope granted private audience to Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla, who arrived in Italy to attend Saturday’s wedding of Spotify founder, Daniel Ek in Lake Como.

The Vatican noted that both parties spoke about how to use communication technologies to alleviate poverty and encourage a culture of encounter.

Zuckerberg and the wife delivered a message of hope, especially to those people who were most disadvantaged, the Vatican said.

It added that the 79-year-old Pope who has an active Twitter account but no Facebook profile once confessed that he did not know how to use a computer.

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