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Twitter unveils emojis for Pope Francis’ visit to Mexico

Tuesday 9 February 2016, by SIGNIS

Boston, Brussels, February 9th, 2016 (SIGNIS/Crux). As Pope Francis is getting ready to visit Mexico, he will once again get rock star treatment on one of the world’s most influential social media platforms during his visit.

Indeed, Twitter released five emojis to correspond with special hashtags to commemorate Francis’ visit to Mexico (Feb 12-17), which includes a massive public Mass in Juarez, which borders the United States at El Paso, Texas.

A cartoon visage of the pope appears superimposed on the flag of Mexico when Twitter users type #PapaenMex. Four other images appear when users Tweet hashtags for the specific regions the pope will visit: Juárez (#PapaenCDJ), Mexico City (#PapaenCDmx), Chiapas (#PapaenCHPS), and Michoacán (#PapaenMich).

Pope Francis has about 26 million followers on Twitter, where he publishes short messages about two or three times each week in nine languages, including English, Arabic, and Latin. His Spanish account is the most popular, with 11 million followers.

Twitter did the same for the pope’s September visit to the United States, which included the US flag, as well as the Capitol building in Washington, the Statue of Liberty, and the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia. The US-themed emojis no longer appear, however, vanishing from Twitter shortly after the pope’s visit wrapped up.

Bishops in Mexico launched a special Twitter account for the faithful to learn information about the visit: @ConElPapa.

Twitter isn’t the only place to find cartoon versions of Pope Francis. A smartphone app called Popemoji includes several from the pope’s US visit, and will be updated with special emojis for Mexico.

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