Facebook CEO says he is no longer an atheist

CALIFORNIA (JAN 02, 2017): Mark Zuckerberg, Co-founder and CEO of social-networking app Facebook has steered away from his atheist beliefs and emphasised the importance of religion, said a report on Monday.

“Zuckerberg, whose Facebook profile once identified him as an atheist, revealed he is now inclined towards religion after he wished all his followers a “Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah” on December 25,” the report said.


This is all started when a commenter on Zuckerberg’s post questioned his Christmas and Hanukkah wishes asking, “Aren’t you an atheist?”

In reply, Facebook CEO asserted that he went through a phase. “No. I was raised Jewish and then I went through a period where I questioned things, but now I believe religion is very important.”


The 32-year-old had earlier met Pope Francis in Vatican to discuss technology’s part in helping the world’s poor. During the meeting, Zuckerberg, who was accompanied by his wife Priscilla Chan on the trip, said he admired the Pope’s compassion.

The Facebook CEO, whose wife is a Buddhist, has previously shown interest in Buddhism when he visited Wild Goose Pagoda in XI’an, and offered prayers for peace and health for the world and his family. In a post on Facebook, he said he wanted to learn more about the faith.


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