Things we *think* happened when the Pope met Mark Zuckerberg


Pope Francis met with Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, at the Vatican today in a momentous collision of Church and Tech.

We know that they discussed "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," according to Vatican spokesman Greg Burke. We also know that it took place at the Santa Marta residence in Vatican City, and Zuckerberg wore a dark suit and tie whilst Chan sported a black knee-length dress.

 Pope Francis meets Mark Zuckerberg
(L'Osservatore Romano/Pool Photo via AP)

All very well and good, but that information isn't particularly juicy, is it? So we've decided to do a bit of speculating and come up with a list of things we *think* might have happened when the Pope met the high priest of Facebook.

Disclaimer: all that follows is very much from our own minds.

1. Zuckerberg asked to go for a spin in the Popemobile.

2. Pope Francis said no, because that was his thing.

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3. The Pope asked Zuckerberg what he really thought of The Social Network film. Zuckerberg then proceeded to go on a long rant against Jesse Eisenberg.

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4. The Pope asked why David Gandy is one of the related pages when you search for him on Facebook.

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(Screenshot from Facebook)

5. Zuckerberg mumbled something about algorithms and everyone was confused.

6. During a lull in conversation, Chan decided to whip out one of her favourite jokes to break the ice. Unfortunately she had to awkwardly tail off midway through when she realised the punchline wasn't hugely appropriate considering their surroundings.

7. Trending topics came up and Zuckerberg quickly changed the topic.

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(Chris Ison/PA)

8. The Pope wanted to know why Donald Trump had over five times as many "likes" as him. Luckily by this time Chan thought of a better joke to tell.

Alas, we may never know if any of the above actually happened. But we can dream...