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TODAY’S HOT TOPIC: The Pope’s on Twitter–Will You Follow Him?

Hey sweet girls! Did you know that Pope Benedict XVI is now tweeting? Seriously! He sent his first tweet out last week, and it read:

Dear friends, I am pleased to get in touch with you through Twitter. Thank you for your generous response. I bless all of you from my heart.” (@Pontifex)

You can even tweet him a question. Just send it to his personal account via the hashtag #askpontifex.

He obviously won’t be answering all questions, but he’s already answered some. For example, one woman asked:

Any suggestions on how to be more prayerful when we are so busy with the demands of work, families and the world?

The pope replied:

Offer everything you do to the Lord, ask his help in all the circumstances of daily life and remember that he is always beside you.

So far the pontiff has 1, 248,229 followers and he has 7 other Twitter accounts in various languages. The response to this news has been diverse. While some think it’s really great and feel closer to him, others are very cynical and negative.

I think it’s kind of cool, but also a little weird!  I mean, isn’t tweeting considered “worldly?” But at the same time, social media has become the best method to send messages out to the masses, right?

So what do you think? Do you think it’s a great idea for the pope to be tweeting? Will you follow him? What question would you ask him?

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11 Comments

  1. spyder

    Posted by spyder on January 2, 2013 at 14:57

    I would totally follow him! And I don’t see what’s wrong with him tweeting about Mary

  2. Danceforjesus23

    Posted by Danceforjesus23 on December 28, 2012 at 14:44

    Hmmm maybe. I’m strictly Christian though, not Catholic. It would depend on what his tweets are like. If he started tweeting about “Mother Mary” and all that I’d probably unfollow him. Also, nothing about Twitter is “worldly” unless used in that way.

    • Marianna

      Posted by Marianna on January 11, 2013 at 19:49

      What’s wrong with him talking about Mary? Without Mary, we wouldn’t have Jesus, and without Jesus, we’d all go to hell. I’d say that Mary’s pretty dang important. Also: they bless Mary like any other Christian denomination, not worship like some of the rumors I’ve heard.

  3. Project Inspired

    Posted by LaceyRose on December 27, 2012 at 22:23

    Like music, I think Christians can use social media to send out positive messages.

  4. Paris

    Posted by Paris on December 21, 2012 at 16:00

    I think it is fine,as long as the tweets are positive and aren’t displeasing to God! 😀

  5. olburrows

    Posted by olburrows on December 21, 2012 at 11:30

    I believe it’s a great way for the Pope to send encouraging messages to people. 🙂

  6. sisterwhocares

    Posted by sisterwhocares on December 20, 2012 at 22:50

    Sorry, but I’m a little confused on what you mean by twitter being “worldly.” Do you mean only some use it in a worldly manner (ie cyberbullying, sexual predators), or is the concept of social media worldly in general? I’m just a little confused, since I use social media to keep track of friends and family; is that worldly too? I hope this doesn’t sound disrespectful in the least bit (its easy to misinterpret comment meanings), I’m just curious. thanks! 🙂

  7. horseluver2498

    Posted by horseluver2498 on December 20, 2012 at 21:54

    Hahaha that’s awesome I would totally follow him!

  8. denimjellybean

    Posted by denimjellybean on December 20, 2012 at 20:35

    The thing about the Church is that she understands that while her teaching do not change, the ways she reaches out to the world does need to. I would totally follow the Pope on Twitter (especially since I’m Catholic), but I don’t have atwitter account.

  9. diamand-in-the-rough

    Posted by diamand-in-the-rough on December 20, 2012 at 20:28

    I think is pretty cool, but i’m not on twitter, so i kinda can’t follow him

  10. jinglebells

    Posted by jinglebells on December 20, 2012 at 07:17

    i think that that is really cool!!! I think social media sites are a great way to reach out.. but you have to be careful