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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/

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

Sister Camilla Oberding of Community of Our Lady of Walsingham after making her final profession in 2010 

Religious congregations have found a creative new way of communicating their message

The English version of the Pope's Twitter feed (CNS)

The Pope has accounts in a range of languages including English, Spanish and French

Michael Caine as Scrooge in The Muppet's Christmas Carol

The antidote to social media malaise this Advent is to spend some time in silence