Pope Francis landed on U.S. soil for the first time last week on Tuesday, September 22. He has talked to victims of sexual abuse, spoke out about his views on immigration and gave several moving speeches across the country. However, the pope was also able to impact American culture in a way that is completely unintentional: he put the mobile phone revolution on giant display.
The last time a pope visited the United States was back in April 2008 when Pope Benedict XVI was still at the reigns of Catholicism. A lot has happened in seven years. Modern smartphones were only starting to become prevalent back then. Apple had just released the first iPhone less than a year ago and Android was still in development.
The change in our culture needs no explanation because photos of crowds swarming Pope Francis through his journey across America manage to say it all. Crowds glow with endless displays.
Arms up and finger on the shutter
Bless our mobile devices, your holiness! pic.twitter.com/TWI6sXD2He
— Chris Sacca (@sacca) September 26, 2015
More phones than faces
— ABC News (@ABC) September 24, 2015
Spot the tablets
— Jeff Russo (@JeffRussoWKBW) September 26, 2015
Pictures within pictures within pictures
— Melissa Hayes (@Record_Melissa) September 25, 2015
Philadelphia’s phones shine brighter than a halo
— Víctor Manuel Ramos (@vmramos) September 26, 2015
Some even take photos of another display
— Melanie Grayce West (@MelanieGWest) September 24, 2015