February 07, 2016 by: Ben Heimsath

It may not be obvious, but the world of texting is no stranger to places of faith. I took notice when the iphone updated its emoji offerings this fall to include all the emojis in the Unicode Standard. Yes, there's a church. In addition, there's a mosque, a synagogue, a Shinto shrine, prayer beads, and the Kaaba in Mecca.

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And, there’s a generic emoji for any place of worship.

 Emoji_Generic_Place_of_Worship.jpg

There’s also a church with a heart. I did wonder why there wasn’t a heart over the other religious icons. However, the church with heart symbolizes a wedding, a church wedding, or marriage.

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These are the apple versions. Different operating systems have some interesting variations, for example, the one below is the Microsoft church wedding. Is it significant that it’s more traditional?

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