The humble Pope Francis’ Twitter account has reached over 10 million followers. On Sunday the leader of the Roman Catholic Church mimicked his first tweet and asked for more prayers.
Dear Followers I understand there are now over 10 million of you! I thank you with all my heart and ask you to continue praying for me
Pope Francis’ Twitter message was quite similar to his first tweet on March 17, shortly after his election as Pontiff, when he originally asked Catholics to pray for him.
Dear friends, I thank you from my heart and I ask you to continue to pray for me. Pope Francis
There was speculation that the Pope’s nine official Twitter accounts would retire when the news first broke that Pope Benedict XVI would resign on February 28. However, that was not the case and now the Holy Father, with his extreme popularity, has reached over 10 million followers. Pope Francis has chosen to continue the use of social media, not only to gain followers for the Twitter profiles in various languages, but also to spread the Word of Jesus and gain followers of Christ.
Pope Francis official Twitter accounts are live and active in the languages of English: @pontifex, Spanish: @pontifex_es, Italian: @pontifex_it, Latin: @pontifex_ln, Portuguese: @pontifex_pt, German: @pontifex_de, Polish: @pontifex_pl, Arabic: @pontifex_ar and French: @pontifex_fr.
On Monday Pope Francis acknowledged the Church’s foray into media when he met with the members of CTV, the Vatican Television Centre, to mark its 30th anniversary. The Holy Father applauded the staff’s professionalism and advised them to utilize teamwork and not lose sight of their “Christian duties.”
The effectiveness of the pastoral work of communications is possible by creating bonds, by coming together around shared projects on a number of subjects: a unity of planning and resources. We know this is not easy, but if we work together like a team everything becomes easier, and more importantly, this style of your work will also be a witness of communion.
It is evident Pope Francis understands the need for incorporating social media into the lives of the faithful. As the Pontiff’s popularity grows, it will be interesting to see if his Twitter followers also increase, especially around Christmas.
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