Pope Francis Appreciates and Applauds Internet and Social Media Age reports Spring Rank

San Francisco, CA (PRBuzz.com) March 27, 2013 -- Pope Francis has over 1 billion followers in the Roman Catholic Church, but he is not following a single one of them on Facebook or Twitter.

In the new ever globalized world, wherein billions send emails, share photos and information through phones and gadgets, the newly elected pope still uses a good old-fashioned typewriter for work. On his time off, he follows the games of his favorite soccer clubs on the radio, rather than on Television.

Yet, even though he is not busy chatting, poking, and commenting online, the pope does recognize the importance of technology as a whole in today's society.

As a cardinal, Francis had a Facebook account, and while he did not manage the online persona himself, he blessed the creation of a virtual parish wherein many could join and pray online.

"The cardinal didn't understand any of that but I explained it to him. I showed him the computer screen ... he looked at the site and authorized us to pray to the Holy One, online," said Guillermo Marco, the pope's former spokesman.

"He's a man who likes to listen," Marco said. "As cardinal, many would ask to get an audience with him. They'd talk for 45 minutes straight and he'd stay quiet. Then, he'd say three phrases. In modern terms you could say that he's very Twitter-like."

Francis seemed likely to follow the Vatican's social media strategy in order to help with his overall mission of outreach. Last year saw an interview with a veteran Italian Vatican journalist, wherein journalist Andrea Tornielli talked with then Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, who stated that the church of Argentina knew well about the digital outreach, and its necessity for reaching the far corners that held faithful followers.

"We try to make contact with families that don't come to church. Rather than being a church that welcomes and receives, we try to be a church that goes outside to men and women who don't come to us, who don't know us or are indifferent to us," he said.

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