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Top 10 tweets from Pope Francis' first seven months


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In preparation for a talk I am giving at the Catholic New Media Conference (CNMC) this weekend in Boston, I reviewed Pope Francis' 172 tweets in his first seven months of papal leadership and concluded that there are so many gems worthy of prayerful reflection.

By way of background, tweets are short messages on the Twitter platform of up to 140 characters (typically a couple of sentences). I consider it a great medium for short spiritual quotes and Pope Francis is utilizing it well. The @Pontifex Twitter account (and 7 related handles in other languages) was launched on Dec. 12, 2012 by Pope Benedict XVI. When Pope Francis was elected in March, he chose to continue tweeting at the @Pontifex account. Pontifex means "bridge builder." Pope Francis is building a bridge of solidarity and closeness with Catholics worldwide through the use of social media. As of Oct. 14, there are 9.7 million Twitter followers on the 8 accounts, including 3.1 million English-language followers.

So, which tweets are my favorites? It was very hard to select a Top 10 from the 172 tweets. First, I narrowed the list to 45 I really liked. Then I grouped tweets of similar messages together and picked the one I liked the most from that group. Finally I arrived at my top 10 favorites. Here's the countdown from 10 to 1, with a brief comment after each.

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