August 19, 2014. ThePope's Twitter account has surpassed 15 million followers in the 9 languages where he publishes his tweets. The most popular accounts are Spanish, with almost 6.5 million followers; English, with more than 4 million followers and Italian, with almost 2 million followers.
August 13, 2014. Several hours before boarding his flight to Seoul, Pope Francis sent out a tweet asking for prayers for the fruits of his trip to South Korea.
As I begin my trip, I ask you to join me in praying for Korea and for all of Asia.— Pope Francis (@Pontifex) August 13, 2014
August 12, 2014. The Pope accepted the resignation of Archbishop Nikolaos Foskolos, the former Archbishop of Athens. He has named Sevastianos Rossolatosto succeed him.
August 11, 2014. Pope Francis has sent
a message of condolence for the plane crash in
Tehran which claimed the lives of almost 40 people. The Pope
expressed his sadness for the tragedy and prayed for the eternal
repose of the victims as well as consolation for their families. The
Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, sent the
telegram in the Pope's name to Archbishop Ignazio
Bedini of Ispahan.
August 8, 2014. Pope Francis called on the faithful to pray for Iraq via his Twitter account. The Pope asked to "pray for Iraqi Christians and all vulnerable populations” as well as for "those who have been forced from their homes in Iraq.”
Please take a moment today to pray for all those who have been forced from their homes in Iraq. #PrayForPeace— Pope Francis (@Pontifex) August 8, 2014
August 7th, 2014. Pope Francis has named Fr. Bohdan Danylo as bishop of the Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of St. Josaphat (USA).
December 12, 2013. Communication and the Church go hand in hand. First and foremost, there's the Bible, which is the most sold publication in history.
In 1931 the Church took it a step further with Vatican Radio. It was launched by Pope Pius XI, to transmit the Pope's words to the world. Now it's aired in more than 40 languages in 61 countries.
Then came the television set. John Paul II launched the Vatican's Television Service in 1983, so viewers could actually see what the Pope was up to from the comfort of their own homes.
On December 12, 2012 came another breakthrough when Benedict XVI joined twitter. Sending his first tweet took just a few seconds, but @Pontifex is now embedded in the Vatican's modern history book.
One year later, now it's Pope Francis who leads that twitter account, which has about 11 million followers. But that's nothing compared to the roughly 60 million people who get to read re-tweets.
@Pontifex has nine different language accounts, including Arabic, French, German, Italian, Polish Portuguese and even Latin. The account with the most followers is in Spanish which has about 4 million. The English account comes in second with roughly 3.3 million followers.
Despite twitter's 140 character limit, it seems that Pope Francis is doing just fine in getting his message across in the digital world.