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Facebook Founder Gives Pope a Drone During Vatican Visit

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Pope Francis meets Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg, at the Santa Marta residence, the guest house in Vatican City where the pope lives, Monday, Aug. 29, 2016.

Pope Francis meets Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg, at the Santa Marta residence, the guest house in Vatican City where the pope lives, Monday, Aug. 29, 2016.

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg gave Pope Francis a Facebook drone during their meeting Monday at the Vatican.

The billionaire tech mogul posted a picture of himself handing the Pope a model of an Aquila solar-powered drone, which Facebook hopes one day will allow internet access to people in developing countries.

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is seen handing the Pope a model of a Facebook drone.

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is seen handing the Pope a model of a Facebook drone.

"It was a meeting we'll never forget," Zuckerberg said. "You can feel [the Pope's] warmth and kindness, and how deeply he cares about helping people.

Zuckerberg was accompanied by his wife, Priscilla Chan, and according to a Vatican spokesman, the topic of discussion during the meeting was "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."

Zuckerberg’s trip comes while Italians are still digging out of a devastating earthquake, and his company is trying to play a key role in the wake of disasters via its Safety Check feature, which allows users to let their loved ones and friends they are OK after a disaster.

The Facebook founder was expected to hold a live question and answer session later Monday.

Zuckerberg and Chan honeymooned to Rome after their marriage in 2012.

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