“Today we pray for all the children who are not allowed to be born, who cry with hunger, who hold weapons in their hands instead of toys,” Pope Francis Tweeted on December 28, 2017.
Pope Francis offered the traditional “Urbi et Orbi” blessing and appealed for peace, especially for children, on Christmas Day from the Central Loggia of St. Peter’s Basilica. Vatican officials reported there were about 50,000 of the faithful present.
‘Today, as the winds of war are blowing in our world and an outdated model of development continues to produce human, societal and environmental decline, Christmas invites us to focus on the sign of the Child and to recognize him in the faces of little children, especially those for whom, like Jesus, “there is no place in the inn” (Lk 2:7)” the Holy Father said during the Christmas address.
Twitter account Pope Francis @Pontifex has reached more than 40 million subscribers, announced the Vatican Secretariat for Communication on October 11, 2017. The Holy Father’s Tweets are issued in nine languages – about a third of the followers are English speakers.
In addition, Instagram @Francis — opened March 19, 2016 – has nearly five million followers.