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Pope Francis shakes hands with Kevin Systrom, CEO and co-founder of Instagram (L' Osservatore Romano/pool photo via AP)

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckberg posted a welcome message to the Pontiff

Pope Francis with Apple CEO Tim Cook (CNS)

Francis met Tim Cook, CEO of Apple, as his message for the World Day of Social Communications was released

Pope Francis video speaking online to a Salvadoran student in 2014 (CNS)

The monthly messages will feature Francis asking for prayers on various challenges facing the world

Erica Firpo at the Empty Vatican event, where Instagrammers were allowed in to take pictures

Lucky Instagrammers had the place to themselves for one evening

'In this age of instant communication, Christian letter-writing should be seen as an apostolate' (PA)

Putting forward the Christian point of view in the press and social media will help keep the moral dimension of public debates alive

Firefighters hose water to put out the fire in the basilica in Nantes (PA)

A fire broke out at the church in France this morning

Lord Patten foresees ‘opposition and resistance’ to his blueprint for reform (Mazur/catholicnews.org.uk)

Fresh from a tough stint at the BBC, Lord Patten was asked to help overhaul another media operation crying out for change – the Vatican’s. He seems haunted by the possibility of failure

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg (PA)

Umberto Eco famously declared that Macs are Catholic and PCs are Protestant. That analogy can also be applied to the two social media giants shaping the 21st century

Fr Lucie-Smith describes Facebook users as a congregation (PA)

Fr Alexander Lucie-Smith’s theory on social media’s religious divide is expressed in this week’s Catholic Herald

The Pope and president meet in 2014 (PA)

Twiplomacy study shows that the Pope’s ‘retweet’ and ‘favourite’ rate is more than eight times higher than the US president’s