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Pope as superman: Vatican tweets graffiti of hero pontiff

A tourist poses for a souvenir picture in front of a graffiti by Italian artist Mauro Pallotta depicting Pope Francis as Superman and holding a bag with a writing which reads: "Values" is seen on a wall of the Borgo Pio district near St. Peter's Square in Rome. The Vatican communications office approved of the image, tweeting a photo Tuesday. AP

Pope Francis as superman, flying through the air with his white cape billowing out behind him: the image graffitied by an anonymous artist onto a wall in Rome was tweeted by the Vatican on Tuesday.

Posted: February 1st, 2014 in Internet,Latest Technology Stories | Read More »

Pope Francis: Internet is a ‘gift from God’ for dialogue

Pope Francis. AP PHOTO

Pope Francis says the Internet is a “gift from God” that facilitates communication, but warns that the obsessive desire to stay connected can actually isolate people from their friends and family.

Posted: January 23rd, 2014 in Internet,Latest Technology Stories | Read More »

Pope’s Twitter account attracts 10 million followers

Pope Francis. AP PHOTO

Pope Francis welcomed news on Sunday that his Twitter account @pontifex had attracted more than 10 million followers.

Posted: October 27th, 2013 in Headlines,Latest Technology Stories,Social Media | Read More »

Jesus was the world’s first tweeter—Vatican

A man holds a smartphone showing Pope Francis' first tweet in front of a computer screen showing the same tweet on March 17, 2013 in Rome. Jesus Christ was the world's first tweeter because his pronouncements were "brief and full of meaning," Vatican cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi said Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013.  AFP

Jesus Christ was the world’s first tweeter because his pronouncements were “brief and full of meaning,” Vatican cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi said Wednesday.

Posted: September 26th, 2013 in Featured Gallery,Latest Technology Stories,Photos & Videos,Social Media | Read More »

Pope Francis ‘selfie’ goes viral on social media

In this Aug. 28, 2013 file photo provided Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013 by the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano, Pope Francis has his picture taken inside St. Peter's Basilica with youths from the Italian Diocese of Piacenza and Bobbio who came to Rome for a pilgrimage, at the Vatican. The pontiff had a private audience with 500 youths from the diocese. AP

Pope Francis has broken protocol once again, appearing with a puzzled look on his face in a “selfie” photo taken with a group of teenagers visiting the Vatican.

Posted: August 31st, 2013 in Headlines,Latest Technology Stories,Social Media | Read More »

Virtual indulgences for a tweet

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What does it take to get time off from purgatory? Take the Twitter challenge. The Vatican is offering indulgences for Facebook fans, Twitter lovers and other “virtual” participants of the coming World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro.

Posted: July 21st, 2013 in Featured Gallery,Latest Technology Stories,Photos & Videos,Social Media | Read More »

New Pope not a social media maven

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Pope Francis has 1.2 billion followers in the Roman Catholic Church, but he’s not following a single one of them on Facebook or Twitter.

Posted: March 18th, 2013 in Headlines,Latest Technology Stories,Social Media | Read More »

Pope Francis’ first tweet matches Angelus call: ‘Pray for me’

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Pope Francis issued his first tweet on Sunday shortly after performing his first Angelus prayer, with a consistent message: “Pray for me.”

Posted: March 17th, 2013 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Latest Technology Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Social media greet first pope picked in Twitter age

A smartphone showing the first twitter message of Pope Benedict XVI in Italian is held in front of a computer showing the logo of Twitter on December 12, 2012, in Rome. Three Latin words from the papal Twitter account announcing Pope Francis's election were re-tweeted en masse as millions online congratulated the new pontiff.  AFP PHOTO/GABRIEL BOUYS

Three Latin words from the papal Twitter account announcing Pope Francis’s election were re-tweeted en masse as millions online congratulated the new pontiff, though some raised questions about his relationship with the former military dictatorship in his native Argentina.

Posted: March 15th, 2013 in Latest Technology Stories,Social Media | Read More »

Cardinals tweet goodbyes before conclave lockdown

From left, US Cardinals Justin Francis Rigali, Donald Wuerl, Timothy Dolan, Francis George and Roger Mahony leave the North American College to go to the Vatican's Domus Sanctae Martae, the Vatican hotel where the cardinals stay during the conclave, in Rome, Tuesday March 12, 2013. Cardinals enter the Sistine Chapel on Tuesday to elect the next pope amid more upheaval and uncertainty than the Catholic Church has seen in decades: There's no front-runner, no indication how long voting will last and no sense that a single man has what it takes to fix the many problems. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

Cardinals entering the Vatican on Tuesday ahead of a conclave to elect the next pope took to Twitter to say goodbye to their online flock before they are cut off from the outside world.

Posted: March 12th, 2013 in Social Media | Read More »

Pope complains popular users stealing the show on social media

In this Oct. 24, 2012, file photo, Pope Benedict XVI blesses the faithful in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican for his weekly general audience. The Vatican spokesman on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012, said that the 85-year-old Benedict will start tweeting from a personal Twitter account, perhaps before the end of the year.  AP Photo/ANDREW MEDICHINI

Twitter newcomer Pope Benedict XVI complained Thursday that popular social media users and smooth talkers are creating a din and stealing attention from those trying to address key social and faith issues.

Posted: January 24th, 2013 in Latest Technology Stories,Social Media | Read More »

Pope ministers to Twitter flock

In this Oct. 24, 2012, file photo, Pope Benedict XVI blesses the faithful in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican for his weekly general audience. The Vatican spokesman on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012, said that the 85-year-old Benedict will start tweeting from a personal Twitter account, perhaps before the end of the year.  AP Photo/ANDREW MEDICHINI

Pope Benedict XVI is due to send out his first, much-anticipated Twitter message on Wednesday, with hundreds of thousands of followers already signed up to receive the tweet.

Posted: December 12th, 2012 in Headlines,Latest Technology Stories | Read More »

Pope Benedict XVI to take God’s message to Twitter

In this Oct. 24, 2012, file photo, Pope Benedict XVI blesses the faithful in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican for his weekly general audience. The Vatican spokesman on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012, said that the 85-year-old Benedict will start tweeting from a personal Twitter account, perhaps before the end of the year.  AP Photo/ANDREW MEDICHINI

VATICAN CITY—Pope Benedict XVI will have an official Twitter account and will send regular tweets for his followers around the world by the end of the year, Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi said Friday. The Jesuit priest said the pope’s Twitter handle will be announced officially at a later time, although one likely candidate, @BenedictusPPXVI, registered [...]

Posted: November 10th, 2012 in Internet,Latest Technology Stories,Social Media | Read More »

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