Pope Benedict surprised the world by taking to Twitter. For the first time, a pope would take advantage of social media within 140 characters. At his election, Pope Francis kept up his predecessor’s tradition. He has continued to evangelize through short messages about once per day. Even though they are short, they provide us with some great insights into the Christian life and prayer. This week, we will look at Pope Francis’ first tweets and discuss what we can take away from them.
Dear friends, I thank you from my heart and I ask you to continue to pray for me. Pope Francis. – 17 March 2013
Let us keep a place for Christ in our lives, let us care for one another and let us be loving custodians of creation. – 19 March 2013
True power is service. The Pope must serve all people, especially the poor, the weak, the vulnerable. – 19 March 2013
Being with Jesus demands that we go out from ourselves, and from living a tired and habitual faith – 27 March 2013
How beautiful is the gaze with which Jesus regards us – how full of tenderness! Let us never lose trust in the patience and mercy of God. – 7 April 2013
Never forget this: The Lord never gets tired of forgiving us. It is we who get tired of asking for forgiveness. Have a great Sunday and a great lunch! – First Angelus Address on 17 March 2013
Being a Christian is not just about following commandments: it is about letting Christ take possession of our lives and transform them. – 10 April 2013
Worshipping God means learning to be with him, stripping away our hidden idols and placing him at the centre of our lives. 14 April 2013
Mary is the one who says “Yes”. Mary, help us to come to know the voice of Jesus better, and to follow it. 23 April 2013
At this time of crisis it is important not to become closed in on oneself, but rather to be open and attentive towards others. 25 April 2013
Dear young people, do not bury your talents, the gifts that God has given you! Do not be afraid to dream of great things! 26 April 2013
How marvelous it would be if, at the end of the day, each of us could say: today I have performed an act of charity towards others! 29 April 2013
Dear young friends, learn from Saint Joseph. He went through difficult times, but he always trusted, and he knew how to overcome adversity. 1 May 2013
My thoughts turn to all who are unemployed, often as a result of a self-centered mindset bent on profit at any cost. 2 May 2013
It would be a good idea, during May, for families to say the Rosary together. Prayer strengthens family life. 3 May 2013
Questions for Discussion
- What do you think about the Pope using Twitter and social media? What are the pros and cons?
- Which of these first tweets from Pope Francis stand out to you?
- Can you identify any themes that Pope Francis touches on often? What direction do you think he is plotting for the Church and for us?
- What things does Pope Francis speak about that we should bring to prayer? How can they help us to grow?
- How have you been inspired Pope Francis’ words and deeds? Have you found any discouragement in anything?
- If you were the pope, what would you tweet about? What kinds of things would you focus on?
- What do you think he might tweet about in the future?