A picture’s worth a thousand prayers

By Caroline Hroncich

Screenshot of the Vatican Instagram account showing Pope Francis

VATICAN CITY — If a picture is worth a thousand words, how many prayers can be inspired by a picture? Officials at News.va are asking themselves just that question with the promotion of the Vatican’s Instagram account.

Instagram is a popular application used mainly for smart-phones and allows users to upload, edit and post photos. Users also can include captions and commentary on the bottom of the edited photos. The Vatican’s Instagram account, NEWSVA, first posted March 6 with an image of Pope Benedict’s last public audience, which was held Feb. 27, the day before his retirement. Since then, the account has been posting on a fairly regular basis.

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Catholic News Service saves the day!

internet connection

VATICAN CITY — Technical glitches can be a real pain on an ordinary work day and an absolute disaster when news is breaking.

So you can imagine the ripples of unease that were going through the Vatican press office this morning as some people noticed they were having Internet connection problems.

Pope Francis was due to announce the date of the canonizations of Blesseds John Paul II and John XXIII during a 10 a.m. gathering of cardinals and promoters of the candidates’ causes for sainthood.

Strangely, the CNS workstation had excellent Internet service, so our senior correspondent, Cindy Wooden, generously invited people to log onto our wireless connection if needed. Journalists are resourceful, and the patchy Internet didn’t seem to cause them any huge problems (the backup being: “call in the story.”) Continue reading

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