Can twitter save the world? Probably not. But when the tweets are “Urbi et Orbi” it’s pretty likely they will be retweeted.
Over the last six weeks Pope Francis (@Pontifex) has delivered 140 characters of worldly homily nearly every day, but none of them have been as noticed as his message for 2 May – “My thoughts turn to all who are unemployed, often as a result of a self-centred mindset bent on profit at any cost.” A small firestorm was created on the ‘net … well, the usual internet people behaved in an internet way about it and got their 140 getback. Whatever. But what matters is that Pope Francis is emerging as a leader for the rights of the downtrodden at a time when such leaders are needed – and is emphasizing things that reach out to embrace a slightly bigger world of the meek.