Facebook's Zuckerberg, once atheist, now says ‘religion is very important’

Zuckerberg’s wife, Priscilla Chan, practices Buddhism.

January 1, 2017 21:51
Mark Zuckerberg

Creator of Facebook and expectant father Mark Zuckerberg. (photo credit: GUILLAUME PAUMIER, CC-BY.)

Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg said in a post on his social media network that while he once questioned his Jewish upbringing, he now believes that “religion is very important.”

The post came after he wished his followers a “Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah” on December 25, according to reports over the weekend.

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Zuckerberg once identified himself as an atheist.

In response to a comment which said “But aren’t you an atheist,” Zuckerberg replied: “No. I was raised Jewish and then I went through a period where I questioned things, but now I believe religion is very important.”

Zuckerberg’s wife, Priscilla Chan, practices Buddhism. The couple met with Pope Francis at the Vatican last summer.
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