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Pope Francis receives Facebook drone from CEO Mark Zuckerberg

Pope Francis met with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg at the Vatican on Monday and received a Facebook drone as they talked about using technology to further connect the world.

(Reuters/Stephen Lam)Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is seen on stage during a town hall at Facebook's headquarters in Menlo Park, California September 27, 2015. Picture taken February 27, 2015.

The co-founder of the social networking giant and his wife, Priscilla Chan, chatted with the Argentine pontiff at the Vatican guest house residence in Santa Marta Zuckerberg gifted the pontiff with a solar-powered drone called Aquila, which Facebook plans to use to provide internet access in developing countries, and a book that the couple made, which documented stories of how people used the internet in "amazing ways."

Zuckerberg updated his followers with photos of their visit to Italy where they attended a friend's wedding, Spotify co-founder Daniel Ek.

"We also discussed the importance of connecting people, especially in parts of the world without internet access," wrote Zuckerberg, with an estimated net worth of $53.7 billion as of this month.

The 32-year-old Internet entrepreneur found a commonality between him and the 79-year-old Roman Catholic leader.

"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," continued Zuckerberg. "You can feel the Pope's warmth and kindness, and how deeply he cares about helping people."

The couple announced late last year their bid to donate 99 percent of their Facebook shares throughout the remainder of their lives through the "Chan Zuckerberg Initiative" as their "moral responsibility" in helping make the world a better place "for all children in the next generation" following the birth of their first child, Maxina.

The Vatican also released a communiqué that the two leading world catalysts talked about ways on using communication technologies "to alleviate poverty, encourage a culture of encounter, and to communicate a message of hope, especially to the most disadvantaged."

Earlier this year, the pope received the audiences of three other heads of leading tech companies including Eric Schmidt of Google, Tim Cook of Apple, and Kevin Systrom of Instagram.

Though he admitted to not owning a mobile phone or using a computer, according to the Catholic News Agency, Pope Francis created his Twitter account in 2012 and his Instagram account March 19.

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