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Mark Zuckerberg is an Atheist No More, Believes Religion is Very Important

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg wished everybody on Facebook a Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah on 25th Dec 2016. Zuckerberg, 31, used to identify himself as an atheist. But on Christmas Day, he replied to a commenter on Facebook, confirming that he wasn’t one.

In his comment, Zuckerberg mentioned that he had been raised Jewish and that there was a period when he questioned the importance of religion. He also added that now he believed that religion was very important. The 6th richest man in the world and founder of Facebook did not, however, clarify what religion he practiced.

Zuckerberg’s wife, Priscilla Chan practices Buddhism. Zuckerberg had the opportunity to explore Buddhism during a trip to Xi’an, China last year. After the visit, Zuckerberg had shared a photograph of himself in front of the Wild Goose Pagoda, which is a famous Buddhist landmark in Xi’an. At that time he had written that his wife, being a Buddhist, had asked him to offer a prayer as well. He had also shared his view that Buddhism was an amazing philosophy and religion and that he had been learning about it from his wife.

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Mark Zuckerberg and wife Priscilla Chan have had public discussions about their moral values. A year ago, when their daughter Max was born, the couple made a pledge to donate around 99 percentage of the stock they held in Facebook. This potential donation, valued at around $45 Billion, was one of the largest pledges in the world. They had said this donation would go to the Chan-Zuckerberg Initiative, a charitable company that they run. The Chan-Zuckerberg initiative aims to advance human potential and promote equal opportunity all over the world.

Last August, Zuckerberg, and Chan had a meeting at the Vatican with Pope Francis, one of the world’s most renowned religious figures. During that meeting, the Pope and Zuckerberg spoke about their mutual concern regarding global poverty. After the meeting, Zuckerberg posted on Facebook that the Pope and he had wide-ranging discussions. The discussions centered around how the Pope had found innovative ways to communicate with people globally, regardless of their faith.

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Mark Zuckerberg had also said that they spoke about how important it was to connect people globally. This connection was especially important in those places which didn’t have internet access. He further said that he and his wife gifted the Pope a model of Aquila, the solar-powered aircraft that Facebook is working on. This aircraft is supposed to bring internet connectivity to areas which do not currently have it.

The Facebook founder said that the meeting had a profound effect on Chan and him. They could feel the Pope’s kindness and warmth and could understand how deeply he cared about helping people.

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