Mark Zuckerberg Believes 'Religion Is Very Important'
Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook recently updated his status of religion on his own social media profile page. Over the weekend Zuckerberg posted, "Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah," to his 82,769,786 followers on the social network he started.
One follower on Facebook questioned his post though, asking, "But aren't you an atheist?"
Zuckerberg replied, "No. I was raised Jewish and then I went through a period where I questioned things, but now I believe religion is very important."
Relevant Magazine pointed out that both Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan recently met with Pope Francis in August and were moved deeply by the meeting. From the sounds of it, Francis had a lasting impact and impression on Zuckerberg. He commented after the meeting about the warmth and kindness he felt from Francis when he wrote,
"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.
We also discussed the importance of connecting people, especially in parts of the world without internet access. We gave him a model of Aquila, our solar-powered aircraft that will beam internet connectivity to places that don't have it. And we shared our work with the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative to help people around the world.
It was a meeting we'll never forget. You can feel his warmth and kindness, and how deeply he cares about helping people."