This afternoon the papal @pontifex’s Twitter account was back up and running! The first tweet ”HABEMUS PAPAM FRANCISCUM” — We have Pope Francis — had been retweeted almost 65,000 times late Wednesday. Shortly after Pope Francis I, Jorge Mario Bergoglio, recited the Lord’s Prayer and a Hail Mary at the Vatican Twitter was ablaze with the almost 1.8 million followers.
Tweets were coming from all sorts of places including major news organizations to famous people, including President Obama -”I look forward to working with His Holiness to advance peace, security, and dignity …” and House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio - “Truly inspiring that our new pope has taken the name of Francis, saint who lived a life of humility and charity”.
The new pope, 76-year-old Jorge Bergoglio, the archbishop of Buenos Aires, is the first pontiff from Latin America and the first Jesuit. He was born Dec. 17, 1936, in Buenos Aires to Italian parents Mario, a railway worker, and Regina, a housewife. As a cardinal he rode the bus to work, refusing to live in the residence provided for him, he chose to live in a simple apartment and cook his own meals. To many in Buenos Aires, he is known simply as “Father Jorge.”
The new pope is deeply concerned about social inequities in Latin America and elsewhere.
Written by: Laney Fichera