Pope Francis now has 40 million followers on his nine-language @pontifex account, Vatican Radio reported. “Forty million followers means 40 million people, 40 million hearts, minds, and passions,” Dario Edoardo Vigano, the Vatican official tasked with coordinating the Pope’s Twitter and Instagram accounts, told Vatican Radio. Also Read - COVID-19 third wave: Twitter shuts offices as coronavirus cases riseAlso Read - Twitter Voice Tweets rolling out for iOS: What are they, how to send
“It is a world, a relationship, a community: this figure emphasizes that so many people continue to follow, day after day, even by way of (140-character bursts), the Pope’s teaching authority, which reaches people in very different ways,” said Vigano.
Such is the importance the pontiff attaches to his Twitter account, “he closely and carefully checks all the tweets” before they go out, Vigano said. ALSO READ: Twitter launches Happening Now feature for new users
Until July, Francis was the most followed world leader on Twitter but has now been overtaken by US President Donald Trump who has 40.3 million followers.