Monthly Archives: March 2013

Prayers for the Pope

Upon his abdication from the papacy, the Vatican deleted all the tweets of Pope Benedict for good, giving Pope Francis a “clean slate” to begin public diplomacy in the first modern papacy through the reinstated @pontifex account. In his first tweet – like in his acceptance speech and at the inauguration today – the Pope reached out with a simple request:

Dear friends, I thank you from my heart and I ask you to continue to pray for me. Pope Francis.

In a humble gesture, he sends a message to the world that the road ahead will be tough and he will not be able to go it alone. Prayers for the pope will be needed.

A New Age for a New Pope

One day after Pope Francis was elected to the papacy on March 13th, a photo spread around the internet as a witness to how much things have changed in the world. Thousands of smartphones lit up in front of the Vatican to record an historic event. While his predecessor Pope Benedict first introduced the digital age to the papacy with the first papal iPad and twitter account, it is up to Pope Francis to prove to the world that he is truly the first modern day pope.