Summary "The app allows you to follow live streaming of papal events, receive notifications of important events, view papal photos, videos, @Pontifex tweets, full texts of homilies and speeches, a calendar of events and links to all the Vatican media," the Pontifical Council for Social Communications said in its description of the app in the Google Play store .
Summary United States President @BarackObama is still the most followed head of state in the world by a large margin, but Pope Francis - aka @Pontifex - is considered the most influential. Those are only a few take-aways from the latest #Twiplomacy study authored and distributed by global PR and communications firm Burson-Marsteller (BM) - but actually the brainchild of Matthias Lufkens (formerly with EuroNews and the World Economic Forum). Twiplomacy is an annual global study looking at the use of Twitter by heads of state and government, and ministers of foreign affairs.
Summary In keeping with Francis's tendency to eschew much of the pomp and ceremony associated with his role, the anniversary was not marked in any official way, with the exception of a solitary tweet from the official @Pontifex account. The new Pope's first foreign trip was to Brazil for World Youth Day, where he was given a rapturous reception. On the final day of the trip, at Copacabana beach, the Pope pulled a crowd of about 3million - more than the number that turned up for a Rolling Stones concert on the famous arc of sand.
Summary Pope Francis on Thursday marked the first anniversary of his election by tweeting the message "Please pray for me" to his 12 million followers. The tweet from the @Pontifex account, which echoed the pontiff's appeal in his first Angelus prayer last year, was the only official acknowledgement from the Vatican of the anniversary, which Francis was spending on a spiritual retreat south of Rome.