Papa Francisco looked for a smartphone , smiled and photography became viral

Posted on September 01, 2013 by UNITED PHOTO PRESS MAGAZINE

Image published on Twitter of Italian journalist was widely publicized.
When your smartphone is with the camera pointed at us, the practice is often a smile. That is what the Pope did Francisco , on Wednesday , with three teenagers , in St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican . The Pope smiled Francisco in his first selfie - the new English term for the self - portrait taken by a smartphone that ends up on social networks . The self -portrait was drawn by one of the three young men . An Italian journalist got the photo and published it a day later on Twitter with a single adjective , " epic" . The image went viral .

It is an amazing act to the highest pastor in the Catholic hierarchy . Two reviews of the tweet journalist Fabio M. Ragona said something like : " Now I've seen everything." Although oriented indulgent associated with selfie - nowadays there are " selves " all, " I " at the hairdresser , to lunch , to the beach in the background , " I " with friends to have fun at the disco - the "I " the Pope seems to be more linked to appreciation of his young fans , religious and smiling, in the midst of the temple .

Perhaps this is only the continuation of its effort to be in contact with others. After all , the Twitter account of Pope Francisco is frequently updated . And a few days ago it was learned that the Pope called again a believer . This time the call was made to an Argentine woman , mother of six biological children , who had been raped by a police officer , and he wrote years later , the Vatican , in a letter to his story that caught the attention of the Pope.

" He restored peace and faith in me and gave me strength to continue," said Alejandra Pereyr cited by Time magazine . " When I heard the voice of the Pope , which was felt to be touched by God. "

But the Pope Francisco is not limited to technology to get closer to the Catholics . When he was in Rio de Janeiro , Brazil , made ​​a point of visiting people who live in slums . In your own backyard , at the Vatican , there are dozens of photographs documenting him in St. Peter's Square , to give a kiss on the face of infants and children . Of these , perhaps the most poignant is that of the Pope being embraced by a young girl straight hair and white ribbon on his head . The girl's face is covered by the profile of Pope Francisco , once again , smiling .