Pope Francis posts first tweet

The pope's official Twitter account is back online

MANILA, Philippines – Moments after he was introduced “to the City of Rome and to the World,” the newly-elected leader of the Catholic Church form Argentina also said hello to the Twitter world. 

Pope Francis‘ first tweet as Pope? “HABEMUS PAPAM FRANCISCUM.” 

Was the first tweet well-received? We’ll let the 41,000 retweets and 10,000 “favorites” in the first 30 minutes of posting be the judge.

As of posting, the pope’s official Twitter account @Pontifex has more than 1,600,000 followers.

The account was inactive during the Sede Vacante (vacant seat) period. Tweets sent while it was under the reign of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI were deleted prior to the election of Pope Francis.

Pope Benedict XVI posted his last tweet using @Pontifex on February 28 (March 1 in Manila). He delivered his farewell message on social media as he prepared to leave the papacy.

“Thank you for your love and support. May you always experience the joy that comes from putting Christ at the center of your lives,” it read.

Pope Francis is the first Jesuit pope and the first South American pope in the Catholic Church’s history. – with reports from Bea Cupin/Rappler.com

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