Pope Francis I Has Been Tweeting Since April & Has Over 100,000 Twitter Followers

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Owen Poindexter
Pope Francis I, aka Papa Francisco, aka Jorge M Bergoglio has had a twitter account since April, and has over 100,000 followers.

Pope Francis I, aka Papa Francisco, aka Jorge M Bergoglio has had a twitter account since April, and has over 120,000 followers. That last sentence initially said "over 67,000 followers," when I wrote it a few minutes ago, but there's nothing like becoming pope to boost your twitter following. Here's Pope Francis' first tweet on April 20th, a holiday that I think we can assume he was not celebrating:

Translation (from Google Translate): Here I am, my first tweet. A # MisaSimuladora? I see there is much work to do my children ...

"Misa Simuladora" translates to "Mass Simulator." Not sure what the cardinal was referring to there, but hey, he dropped a hashtag on his first tweet. Not bad.

On becoming pope, Pope Francis I expressed his gratitude to his then, 60,000-some followers:

Translation: I am immensely lucky to be the new Pope, Francis I. Twenty minutes later, Pope Francis I, sounding overwhelmed with emotion, tweeted:

Translation (Google): Maybe sin of humility to say I'm just a representative of God on earth as God is with me in Heaven.

Pope Francis' social media savvy will serve him well in a world where popes are now expected to tweet. His predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI (@pontifex) was the first pope to tweet, but now it is surely an assumed responsibility, one that Francis I seems to enjoy. Speaking of Benedict XVI, his twitter account now shows only a single tweet:

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