Benjamin Franklin is no longer the only historic figure
you'll think of when you see Philadelphia's trademark Liberty
Bell. Now when you see that symbol of American independence
and religious freedom, think of Pope Francis. The Liberty
Bell is part of the World Meeting of Families' 2015 logo, as
well as the automatic emoji that pops up with #PopeInPhilly
According to the WMOF Family Guidebook, this year's logo
touches on the ideas of family unity and Philly's reputation
as the birthplace of U.S. religious freedom.
"The bell represents the city's well-known Liberty Bell, and
includes its famous crack at the bottom right edge," states
the guidebook. "The bell also symbolizes the countless church
bells that summon people to church around the world."
Twitter designed special emojis for each of the cities on the
U.S. papal tour. The tiny image of the Liberty Bell appears
in all tweets containing #PopeInPhilly, while #PopeInNYC
features the Statue of Liberty and #PopeInDC features the
U.S. Capitol Building.
All week in the WMOF media hall, there's been a model of the
Liberty Bell for journalists to stand by and have their photo
It's official: even the Liberty Bell is in on Popemania.