“Little gestures of love, tenderness, and care suggest that the Lord is with us: that is how you open the door of mercy”. That is the message Pope Francis has entrusted to Twitter today. Despite being in Ariccia for the customary week of spiritual exercises before Easter, the Pope has thought about sending a message to his followers, reaffirming once again the importance of opening the “door of Mercy”.
You do not have to do great deeds, “little gestures of love” are enough, as Francis pointed out. Along with “tenderness and care”, it ensures us that “the Lord is with us.”
Pope Benedict XVI was the first Pope to ever use Twitter. On December 3, 2012, he has officially appeared on the social platform, revealing the future profile name: @Pontifex_it for Italian language, but it is also available in other languages, including Arabic. Then, officially on December 12 of the same year he actually began to post tweets.
The number of followers has been growing exponentially ever since, reaching 27 million people at the time of Pope Francis’ journey to Mexico. As to the distribution of these followers, the profile in Spanish is still the most viewed (11,146,700), followed by the profile in English (8,680,000), Italian (3,365,500), Portuguese (1,909,000), Polish (566,700), French (433,000), Latin (419,300), German (299,200), and finally in Arabic (234,200).