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).
February 11, 2013: The day started off just like any other. At 11.00a.m. Pope Benedict XVI met with cardinals to announce three canonizations. But Benedict XVI added another item to the list...one that would forever mark the Catholic Church.
"Due to an advanced age, I am no longer suited to an adequate exercise of the Petrine ministry.”
The 85 year-old Pope had announced his resignation. Cardinals seemed shock and confused. At that point, they were the only ones who knew. Them along with a handful of journalists covering the meeting.
Just moments later, at 11.46 a.m, two news agencies broke the story within the same minute. French Agency, I Media and Ansa. But still, the world media was somewhat skeptical, until the Vatican announced a press conference at roughly 12.07 Rome time.
The hours that followed, the story ran like wildfire. During that press conference, at roughly 1pm, it was announced, that at the end of the month the Pope would go to Castel Gandolfo.
FR. FEDERICO LOMBARDI
"On the 28th, at around 5p.m. In the evening, the Pope will take off on helicopter to Castel Gandolfo. We already knew he would go there, but now we know the exact time.”
The Vatican's Newspaper, L'Osservatore Romano, ran a special edition that day.
It was a shocking story both inside and outside Vatican Walls. More than 600 years had passed since a Pontiff had retired. It was Benedict XVI, a traditional and conservative Pope, who decided to break that mold.
The Pope's resignation would become official on February 28th, at 8pm Rome time.
But that day, the most shocking day in the Church's modern history, as the world stood in shock and disbelief, Benedict XVI made no other comment or appearance, retreating to the Vatican's Apostolic Palace, where he lived.