Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg met Pope Francis; gives an unusual gift

By: | Published: August 30, 2016 6:55 PM

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on his trip to Italy made sure he met with Pope Francis at the Vatican. On Monday, Zuckerberg and his wife met with the Pope ways to use technology to alleviate poverty.

The Facebook founder gave Pope Francis a miniature model of Aquila, which is a solar-powered aircraft. (Source: Facebook)The Facebook founder gave Pope Francis a miniature model of Aquila, which is a solar-powered aircraft. (Source: Facebook)

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on his trip to Italy made sure he met with Pope Francis at the Vatican. On Monday, Zuckerberg and his wife met with the Pope ways to use technology to alleviate poverty. Zuckerberg was accompanied by wife Priscilla Chan. The meeting was held at the Domus Sanctae Marthae which is where the Pope resides. The Facebook founder gave Pope Francis a miniature model of Aquila, which is a solar-powered aircraft. The solar-powered unmanned drone aims to beam down the Internet via lasers in order to let areas get connectivity where they don’t have it.

Zuckerberg in a Facebook post wrote “We gave him (the Pope) a model of Aquila, our solar-powered aircraft that will beam internet connectivity to places that don’t have it,” he wrote. Facebook in July had announced the first full-scale test flight of the Aquila. Zuckerberg added, “Priscilla and I had the honor of meeting Pope Francis at the Vatican. We told him how much we admire his message of mercy and tenderness, and how he’s found new ways to communicate with people of every faith around the world.”

A spokesperson from the Vatican said, that the discussions were 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.” Other tech greats like, Apple’s CEO Tim Cook, Alphabet’s chairman Eric Schmidt, and Instagram’s CEO Kevin Systrom have had met with the Pope on various occasions.

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