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 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).
During his address to ambassadors to the Vatican, Pope Francis laid out the issues he wants to highlight on an international scale. The first is the family, but he also took time to speak out against unemployment, hunger, and the throw away culture, where he specifically cited abortion.
"It is frightful to simply think that there are children, victims of abortion, who will never see the light of day; children being used as soldiers, abused and killed in armed conflicts; and children being bought and sold in that terrible form of modern slavery which is human trafficking, a true crime against humanity.”
The Pope said he's also concerned about divided families, and the tough living conditions many of them are forced to live in, without the means to improve their conditions.
Pope Francis then highlighted the life and death situations many refugees escape from, particularly those who migrate to North and South America, and also people from Africa and the Middle East who seek refuge in Europe.
"Unfortunately, there is a general indifference in the face of these tragedies, which is a dramatic sign that marks the loss of a 'sense of responsibility for our brothers and sisters,' on which every civil society is based.”
The Pope called for governments to take courageous decisions that lead to peace and dialogue, especially when it comes to armed conflicts like the ones taking place in the Middle East and Africa. He also called for peace between South and North Korea, and the possibility for Christians to worship freely in Africa and Asia. He also called for the respect and protection of the environment, citing a popular argument in the process.
"God forgives always, we forgive sometimes, but nature, Creation, never forgives when it's abused.”
The Holy See has official diplomatic ties with 180 countries, among the most recent is South Sudan. It doesn't have any ties with Saudi Arabia, China or North Korea, but still it reaches out to them through international governing bodies like the United Nations.