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Pope Francis waves to pilgrims in St. Peter's Square on Sept. 9, 2015 for the general audience.

Pope Francis' Instagram success: a model for Catholic social media?

Apr 12, 2016

By Andrea Gagliarducci

Social media can be a place for evangelization.  Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims in St. Peter's Square during the Wednesday General Audience, May 21, 2014:

Pope's Instagram launches with appeal for prayer

Mar 19, 2016

By Ann Schneible

The official Instagram account of Pope Francis launched on Saturday with a simple request for his followers: “Pray for me.”  Read more

Pope Francis makes a visit to the Parish of St. Michael the Archangel in Rome on Feb. 8, 2015.

Pope Francis meets with CEO of Instagram

Feb 26, 2016

The CEO and co-founder of Instagram, Kevin Systrom, was received in a private audience with Pope Francis at the Vatican's Apostolic... Read more

Twitter is preparing for the Pope's visit to Mexico

Feb 13, 2016

The social network Twitter is prepared for Pope Francis’ historic trip to Mexico, with special emojis emblematic of each city... Read more

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Amid digital media trends, Vatican looks to learn from Asian strengths

Nov 17, 2015

The Catholic Church can learn from Asian trends in social media to help build communications networks and advance evangelization, a... Read more

A 'Buzzfeed' you can believe in – ChurchPOP marks one remarkable year

Aug 11, 2015

Marking the first birthday of ChurchPOP, a site for shareable Christian fun and inspiration, founder and editor Brantly Millegan said... Read more

Don't let 'Faithful America' group silence Catholics, critic warns

Oct 2, 2014

By Kevin J. Jones

Internet activism sites like Faithful America, which has targeted Catholic bishops and other institutions in social media campaigns, show the... Read more

Growing the Church through New Media - Transforming Parish Communications by Scot Landry.

Faith on Facebook? Author stresses need for 'digital missionaries'

Oct 2, 2014

Catholic presence in social media is critical in reaching out to those who are lost or distanced from the Church,... Read more


Benedict XVI poses for first selfies

Sep 12, 2014

The first “selfie” of retired pontiff Benedict XVI is making the rounds on social networks.  Read more

Media summit in Philippines hopes to bolster personal encounter

Sep 7, 2014

The Filipino bishops' annual conference on social media, being held this month, will aim at promoting authentic encounters and at... Read more

Archbishop Jose Gomez.

Church can learn social media tips from Jesus, archbishop says

Aug 18, 2014

By Mary Farrow

If Christianity could be contained in one tweet, it might read: God creates man, man sins against God, God sends... Read more

Helen Osman speaks with CNA during the Ninth Professional Seminar for Church Communications on April 9, 2014.

Expert says social media changes are evangelization opportunity

Apr 15, 2014

By Elise Harris, Kevin J. Jones

The internet and social media have caused major changes in human communication, but also create a “tremendous opportunity” for evangelization,... Read more

Saint Thérèse of Lisieux

St. Therese devotees to launch Little Way social media campaign

Jan 25, 2014

Not long before he resigned, Pope Benedict XVI had written several times about the need for evangelization of the rapidly... Read more

Msgr. Paul Tighe, secretary of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, speaks at the Catholic Social Media Summit in the Philippines.

Catholic social media summit stresses evangelization

Nov 26, 2013

A youth symposium on social media in the Philippines highlighted the call of the new evangelization to explore digital means... Read more

Pope reaches 10 million followers on Twitter

Oct 29, 2013

Pope Francis has passed 10 million followers across nine different language accounts on the popular social media network Twitter, where... Read more

Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, S.J., has been elected Pope Francis.

Rediscover beauty in communication, Pope tells experts

Sep 21, 2013

Pope Francis spoke to Church officials and social communications experts from around the world, encouraging them to focus on leading... Read more

Philosopher lauds Pope's thriving Latin Twitter account

Jul 16, 2013

By Carl Bunderson

With media outlets taking notice of the unexpected success of the Pope's tweets in Latin, a scholar conversant in the... Read more

Archbishop Claudio Maria Celli, President of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications.

Vatican official urges use of technology to proclaim Gospel

Apr 11, 2013

The president of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, Archbishop Claudio Maria Celli, encouraged Catholics to make bold use of... Read more

Pope app tops iTunes charts

Mar 26, 2013

A Vatican-sponsored news application for smart phones known as “The Pope App” has risen to the top of the charts... Read more

Brandon Vogt. (File Photo/CNA.)

Author cheers Pope's 'flurry' of social media outreach

Jan 30, 2013

A Catholic author and blogger says Pope Benedict's use of social networking has given the Church an example of how... Read more