Tweeting the Good News
@Pontifex Account Surpasses Six Million Followers via Zenit
“(Zenit.org) – Since the first papal tweet was sent by Pope Benedict XVI in December 12, over 6 million followers have joined. The account, which was deactivated during Sede Vacante, and reopened after Francis’ election. The numbers continue to rise.”
Zenit news reports that Pope Francis has continued Benedict’s lead in reaching out to the world through the use of social networks. As of now, the @Pontifex account post tweets in English, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, French, Germany, Latin, Polish, and Arabic.
Surprisingly, the Latin language account has surpassed both Polish and Arab languages. Other languages, such as Spanish and Portuguese, have also seen an exponential increase in followers.
By reaching so many people, the Holy Father is attracting an audience that rivals most singers, actors, and musicians on the same platform.” Read more….
The Vatican has said the tweets are approved by the pope although not all are actually written by him and are sent from a single computer to avoid hacking.
Comments on the tweets left by followers are often irreverent and others are chatty, with one user asking the pope: “How you settling in?”
His last post on May 11 Francis tweeted: Pope Francis
@Pontifex “The Holy Spirit helps us to view others with fresh eyes, seeing them always as brothers and sisters in Jesus, to be respected and loved.”