Mexico City, Mexico, Feb 13, 2016 / 02:09 am America/Denver (CNA).
The social network Twitter is prepared for Pope Francis’ historic trip to Mexico, with special emojis emblematic of each city the pontiff will visit.
During his Feb. 12-17 trip to the country, Pope Francis will visit Mexico City, Ecatepec, Tuxtla Gutierrez, San Cristobal de las Casas, Morelia and Ciudad Juarez. Some 87 percent of Mexico’s 110 million inhabitants are Catholic.
The official Twitter blog confirmed that each site the Pope visits will have its own emoji, which will automatically be seen by all those who tweet with the predominant hashtag of each.
The hashtag #PapaenMex activates an icon of the Pope’s face with Flag of Mexico as the background, while #PapaenCDmx reveals the “Angel of Independence” characteristic of Mexico City. The hashtag #PapaenCHPS shows an emoji of the Cathedral of San Marcos, located in Tuxtla Gutierrez, Chiapas, while #PapaenMich shows the Cathedral of Morelia, in Michoacan. And #PapaenCDJ activates an icon of the Cathedral of Ciudad Juarez, dedicated to the Virgin of Guadalupe.
Pope Francis is an active user of Twitter, with more than 11 million followers on his Spanish account alone, and more than 26 million combined on his nine different language accounts.
The Mexican Bishops' Conference has also opened an official account of the Pope's visit to Mexico, @ConElPapa.
CNA will have a team of reporters providing live coverage of the papal trip. You can follow them on Twitter: Alan Holdren (@AlanHoldren), Eduardo Berdejo (@Eberdejor) and David Ramos (@YoDash).