Twitter is introducing new special emojis in commemoration of Pope Francis’ visit to Ireland later this month for the World Meeting of Families.
The next World Meeting of Families will be taking place from the 22nd to the 26th later this month in Dublin, Ireland with the theme of “The Gospel of the Family: Joy for the World.” In attendance will be Pope Francis, who is making the first papal visit to the island since Pope Saint John Paul II visited nearly four decades ago in 1979.
Twitter users will be able to use the new emojis via three hashtags designated for Pope Francis’ visit to Ireland: #popeinireland, #pápainÉirinn, and #festivaloffamilies. The emojis will feature images of Pope Francis in front of the Irish flag and in front of the national pilgrimage site, Knock Shrine.
In addition to the new emojis, Twitter will recommend a curated list of accounts to follow during the papal visit. Church officials from the World Meeting of Families are “very happy” about the new and “exciting” emoji, saying:
“It’s exciting to see the Irish version of a Pope Emoji being launched. The Pope is very active on social media so this is something we are looking forward to seeing. Social media didn’t exist when Pope John Paul visited, so this is a new era in technology for such trips.”
Pope Francis is an active Twitter user, taking over the handle of @Pontifex from Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI. He is an active user and maintains accounts in nine languages. When he visits Ireland, he will celebrate Mass in Dublin’s Phoenix Park on the 26th.