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The Popemoji is real, add a little Pope to your texts today

With the Pope coming to the United States this month, every retailer is looking to cash in on the event. From Pope themed T-Shirts being offered in Philly, to buttons and fake tickets in NYC, a Papal visit can mean big bucks. This is one Pope purchase that you can feel better about, it was commissioned by the Catholic Church.

The latest offering is free, and hopefully will have you sharing a positive message of peace and understanding through tiny pictures. Swyft Media Announced the availability of Popemoji, specifically designed to celebrate Pope Francis’ upcoming visit to the U.S. from September 22-27, 2015.

While Popemojis are truly adorable pictures, there are also a series of books and teachings that have also been released leading up to the visit that were also commissioned by the Catholic Church – including “The Church of Mercy” by Pope Francis which was released earlier this year.

As for the Popemoji keyboard features 52 emoji and 14 GIFs of Pope Francis and is available now for free in the Apple iTunes App Store and Google Play Store.

“What better way to bring such a monumental event to the digital generation than through emoji that capture the personality and sentiment of such an important figure. Pope Francis is a larger-than-life individual and the stickiness and viral effect of this campaign should be off the charts.”

Commissioned as a part of a “Good is Winning” initiative by global Catholic network Aleteia.org, the keyboard features various emoji of Pope Francis doing things like heading a soccer ball, taking selfies with the crowd and visiting the Liberty Bell, United Nations and Washington Monument.

“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 U.S. Besides, the Pope has a great sense of humor, is totally approachable and dedicated to engaging people where they communicate,” said Kathleen Hessert, founder of Sports Media Challenge, which is overseeing the digital aspect of Aleteia.org’s effort. “By engaging millennials, we’ll enable new conversations throughout Pope Francis’ visit to the U.S., with the goal of keeping that community involved in a dialogue over the long term. Swyft Media is a leader in this space and its successes in these mediums with cool and creative branded content made them a natural partner for us in this once-in-a-lifetime project.”

Pope Francis is scheduled to touch down in the U.S. on September 22, 2015, and visit Washington D.C., New York City and Philadelphia during his five-day trip. The PopeIsHope Digital Street Team, assembled by Aleteia.org, will capture the spirit of how Pope Francis interacts with the crowds in each city and will use digital storytelling to inspire young people to be a part of the “Good is Winning” movement – before, during, and after the Pope departs from the U.S. – by highlighting acts of courage, dignity, kindness, and mercy in every day life.

“We understand what kind of content millennials and young consumers want, and more importantly want to share, and we’re very excited that Swyft Media’s technology is at the center of one of the biggest events of the year in the U.S.,” said Evan Wray, co-founder and vice president at Swyft Media. “What better way to bring such a monumental event to the digital generation than through emoji that capture the personality and sentiment of such an important figure. Pope Francis is a larger-than-life individual and the stickiness and viral effect of this campaign should be off the charts.”

You can use the emojis in iMessage, WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, LINE, WeChat or any other number of messaging apps, through the branded emoji keyboard.

more info and downloads are available via swyftmedia.com