After the Pope's Twitter handle @Pontifex went active on March 14, announcing that the Roman Catholic Church had found a pontiff in Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, its 1,875,031 followers are waiting to see how Pope Francis takes to Twitter.
The account was started for Pope Benedict XVI in December, last year.
On December 12, the pope emeritus sent his first tweet. "Dear friends, I am pleased to get in touch with you through Twitter. Thank you for your generous response. I bless all of you from my heart." The tweet was sent when the 85-year-old pope tapped on a touch screen at the end of his weekly general audience in the Vatican before thousands of people.
In January this year, the he tweeted in Latin for the first time, taking his mission to revive the Catholic Church's official language to a very 21st-century medium. "Unitati christifidelium integre studentes quid iubet Dominus? Orare semper, iustitiam factitare, amare probitatem, humiles Secum ambulare," the pontiff wrote. (Translation: What does the Lord command to those wholly eager for the unity of those following Christ? To always pray, to continually do justice, to love uprightness, to walk humbly with Him)
Interestingly, the National Catholic Register, citing Vatican analyst Rocco Palmo said that the @Pontifex account became active again "reportedly on orders of [the] new Pope."
HABEMUS PAPAM FRANCISCUM
— Pontifex (@Pontifex) March 13, 2013
On Twitter, VaticanCommunication (@PCCS_VA), the Pontifical Council for Social Communications from the Holy See, said: As we wait for @Pontifex to tweet, don't miss our "white smoke emoticon"
On Saturday, Pope Francis, expressed his desire for an austere Catholic Church, saying that it should be poor and remember that its mission is to serve the poor.
Will such messages about the virtues of simplicity be sent out to followers? All eyes are on the emblem.