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.