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All grown up, Zuckerberg finds religion

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The founder of Facebook has found religion, it seems, according to a cheery holiday message he posted on the social network he created.

On Christmas Day, Zuckerberg indicated in a Facebook status that he was "celebrating Christmas."

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Pope Francis met Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg, second from left, and his wife Priscilla Chan, at the Santa Marta residence, the guest house in Vatican City, earlier this year. Photo: L'Osservatore Romano/Pool Photo via AP

"Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah from Priscilla, Max, Beast and me," he wrote, naming his wife, daughter and dog. Then a commenter asked him: Aren't you an atheist?

Zuckerberg identified himself as an atheist for years, but on Facebook on Christmas he wrote back: "No. I was raised Jewish and then I went through a period where I questioned things, but now I believe religion is very important."

He didn't answer further questions about what he does believe in. Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, have publicly discussed their moral values frequently – including in a lengthy letter when their daughter was born a year ago, in which they pledged to donate 99 percent of their Facebook stock, which at about $45 billion at the time was one of the largest philanthropic commitments ever. And they've already met one of the world's most important religious figures: Pope Francis, with whom they discussed bringing communication technology to the world's poor.

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