Topic: New Pope Is Chosen
- Pope Francis Explains Choice of Name
- Orthodox Church Leader to Attend Pope Francis Inauguration
- Mass for Inauguration of Pope Francis to be on March 19
- Pope Blesses Worshippers via Twitter
VATICAN CITY, March 17 (RIA Novosti) – The new leader of the Catholic Church, Pope Francis posted his first tweet on Sunday to engage with over 3 million followers of his personal Twitter account, with a message: “Pray for me.”
"Dear friends, I thank you from my heart and ask you to continue to pray for me," the Argentine pope tweeted from the @Pontifex account, which was previously used by Pope Benedict XVI.
Pope Francis’ first tweet had over 13,000 retweets within the first hours of posting.
After Pope Benedict officially resigned, all tweets were erased from the feed and the @Pontifex account holder's name was changed "Sede Vacante," to signify the papacy was vacant.
Shortly after Pope Francis, 76, was elected, the Vatican used the papal Twitter account to tweet "Habemus Papam Franciscum" (We have a pope named Francis”).
The tweet came three months after the Vatican launched the first ever personal Twitter account for the pope, with tweets going out in nine languages. The pope’s
English account has nearly 1.6 million followers.
Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Buenos Aires was elected the 266th pope by the conclave of cardinals on March 13, becoming the first Latin American to lead the Catholic Church.
The inauguration of the new leader of the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics, will be held on March 19.
After the inauguration, on March 23, Pope Francis will meet with his predecessor Benedict XVI, who stepped down on February 28, at the papal summer retreat of Castel Gandolfo.
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