OMG! Pope gets his own emojis for first US visit

Pope Francis eating sandwiches, hugging babies, playing soccer and taking selfies with millennials are now available as emoji in honor of his September 22 visit to the US.

Choose a pope image for every occasion, even eating a giant sandwich. Swyft Media

If we can have customized emoji for Darth Vader and Donald Trump, why not the pope?

With Swyft Media's new Popemoji keyboard app, available for both iOS and Android, we can all celebrate Pope Francis' first visit to the US on September 22 with cute illustrations of him eating a giant sandwich and riding in a taxi.

There are 52 stickers (both cartoon versions and real-life photos) and 14 animated GIFs in total of the pope having fun on his trip.

The pope emoji set is commissioned by the global Catholic network Aleteia.org for the #GoodIsWinning campaign in honor of the pope's visit.

The pope sure loves to crowdsurf at concerts. Swyft Media

"Emoji are so ingrained in digital and social language, particularly among young people, that it was natural to make them an element of our digital effort to support Pope Francis' visit to the US," Kathleen Hessert, founder of Sports Media Challenge, the company that oversees Aleteia.org's efforts, said in a statement. "Besides, the pope has a great sense of humor, is totally approachable and dedicated to engaging people where they communicate."

Ironically, the pope has previously gone on record saying that computers are bad for the soul and that he doesn't surf the Web. In fact, the pope has urged the public to get off their gadgets and talk to each other.

So the likelihood of the pope using his own emoji on his Twitter are pretty slim, but that doesn't mean you can't use them to let friends know you're ready for lunch or a friendly game of football.

Personally, I can't wait to use the emoji of the pope crowdsurfing at a concert, taking selfies with fans and listening to his righteous tunes.

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