Followers of Pope Francis’ @pontifex Twitter account have seen a consistent message for peace in Syria coming out of the Vatican this week. Beginning with, “Let us pray for peace in the world and in each of our hearts,” Pope Francis has tweeted 10 messages since Sept. 1, often ending with the hashtag #pray4peace.
In conjunction with his call for a world day of prayer and fasting on Saturday, Francis is reaching out to followers on social media. Some of these short posts also send strong messages about the situation in Syria. For instance, on Sept. 3, he wrote, “With utmost firmness I condemn the use of chemical weapons.”
Whether these tweets will engage his followers to step away from technology and into churches on Saturday remains to be seen.
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