The previous head of one of the internet’s leading online search engines has travelled to Rome in order to be received into the universal Church, expressing his joy at joining the family of faith.
- Catholic News Agency
“I’m in Rome to become Catholic,” Richard Riley told CNA in an interview late last month. “I was married in the Catholic Church 13 years ago, I have four children who were baptized in the Catholic Church and I really wanted to join the family and be unified in faith.”
Riley previously led Yahoo!’s American division, the internet company’s largest unit, most recently heading the regions of Europe, the Middle East and Africa. He left the company after having worked with them for 13 years upon his promotion earlier this year to take the helm as CEO of a rapidly growing British mobile application called “Shazam,” which currently has over 325 million users all over the world.
When asked what he found in the Catholic Church that he hadn’t found elsewhere, Riley stated that “There's so much history and tradition.”
Emphasising how his wife is Italian, Riley noted that “of course Catholicism's been a big part” of their lives, and that “the family and brotherhood of the Church” is something “unique and really special.”
The internet exec, who travelled to Italy for the event of his Confirmation, revealed that he is “starting to” feel at home in the Church, especially being in Rome, which he described as “a spectacular place.”