Posts Tagged ‘@Pontifex’

Pope’s Twitter followers hit 35 million

Thursday, July 20th, 2017

Pope Francis’s use of social networking tools has seen him attract 35 million Twitter followers. Launched by Benedict XVI in December 2012, the account is available in nine languages. Since taking over the @Pontifex account, Francis’s followers have grown steadily, especially in English, which has 11 million followers. There are a further 13 million Spanish language Read more

Papal inequality tweet sends right-wing commentators into flap

Friday, May 2nd, 2014

Pope Francis has put out a tweet against inequality which has conservative economic commentators fuming. On April 28, Pope Francis posted to his Twitter feed: “Iniquitas radix malorum.” In English this translates to “Inequality is the root of social evil”. The papal tweet came only days after French economist Thomas Picketty’s bestseller “Capital in the Read more

Vatican deletes all @pontifex tweets

Friday, March 1st, 2013

Social media became instant media today when the Vatican deleted all of Emeritus Pope Benedict’s tweets from Twitter. The first pope to have his own Twitter account, @Pontifex, Tweeted shortly before his departure from the Vatican: “Thank you for your love and support. May you always experience the joy that comes from putting Christ at Read more

New pope can still be @pontifex on Twitter

Thursday, February 28th, 2013

The Vatican has dispelled claims that Pope Benedict XVI’s “Pontifex” Twitter account will be shut down permanently, clarifying that it “will be available for use by the next Pope as he may wish.” Monsignor Paul Tighe, Secretary of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, said Feb. 23 the Twitter account was created for the Pope’s Read more

Pope struggling with Twitter: 5 considerations for @pontifex

Friday, December 21st, 2012
John Murphy together

On December 12, Pope Benedict, like no other pope, opened himself up to the world on Twitter. Twitter is a disruptive technology; it challenges, changes and threatens. Introducing the pope to Twitter was always likely to involve some risk. But, however, we are told the Vatican understands the risk and remains hopeful the involvement on Read more

Pope’s first tweet goes viral

Friday, December 14th, 2012

Having launched his Twitter account, Pope Benedict XVI has committed himself to approving a tweeted response to three questions a day from around the world. He made his Twitter debut on December 12 to his more than a million followers. The Pope’s first tweet, just one character short of the 140 maximum, was: “Dear friends, Read more