The Tweetable Pope Paperback

How Francis Shapes the Catholic Church 140 Characters at a Time

by Michael O'Loughlin;

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Discover this brand new era of the Catholic Church through the Twitter account of the Pope and his Tweeted 'mini-sermons'.

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The Tweetable Pope

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@Pontifex has tweeted 700 times, follows 8 people, and has been on twitter since 2013...oh, and he's also the Pope!

Tweeting in 9 languages to over 26 million people, the 266th Pope of the Roman Catholic Church, Pope Francis, tweets miniature sermons of fewer than 140 characters to followers all across the world.

Looking at all of Pope Francis' tweets, Boston Globe journalist, and Catholic commentator, Michael O'Loughlin examines how the latest head of the Catholic Church has embraced twitter and is rebranding an institution which proudly preserves 2,000 years of tradition and history. 

Arranged around some of the issues raised in the Pope's Twitter feed - justice, poverty, the environment, mercy - The Tweetable Pope offers a remarkable insight into an institution stepping out towards the modern world.

Thoughtfully following in the Pope's footsteps, O'Loughlin's books teaches us how to live a life centred on God and provides a unique insight on the first ever direct line to the Head of the Catholic Church who has tweeted out such mini-sermons as:

'In today's society, in which forgiveness is so rare, mercy is ever more important.' - 2:15AM, 22 Jan 2016

'Christians and Muslims are brothers and sisters, and we must act as such.' - 1:00AM, 30 Nov 2015

'Vanity not only distances us from God: it makes us look ridiculous.' - 3:45AM, 31 Oct 2015


The Tweetable Pope by Michael O'Loughlin was published by Lion Hudson Plc in March 2016 and is our 23931st best seller. The ISBN for The Tweetable Pope is 9780745968568.

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How do you reinvigorate an institution that prides itself on preserving two thousand years of history?

That is the challenge Jorge Mario Bergoglio faced when he became Pope Francis in March 2013. From the beginning, with his commitment to "remember the poor," Francis embarked on a mission to "rebrand" the Church so that it better reflected its founder, Jesus Christ, instead of preserving institutional power and prestige. Amid surprising pronouncements and reforms and a humble and humorous approach to his office, Francis's most surprising strategy may be his decision to leverage a modern innovation that his predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI, had begun to use: a Twitter account with which, for the first time in history, the pope can communicate directly with his global flock. With more than 21 million followers reading Tweets in 9 languages, Francis regularly posts his 140-character (or less) sermons a few times each week. The Boston Globe and Crux journalist Michael O'Loughlin argues that Pope Francis's social media output reveals the secret to his popularity and provides a window into his priorities, passions, and exciting and revolutionary vision for the Church.

With chapters on the primary themes used in Francis's Tweets-the poor, forgiveness, immigration, youth, mercy, joy, even "sports," and more-O'Loughlin explains the biographical and historical context for what the pope writes as well the spirituality these posts embody. Surprisingly, O'Loughlin discovers that by following these 140-character sermons, we not only better understand the pope's revolutionary agenda but can also be inspired to be better Christians.
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Details for The Tweetable Pope

Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherLion Hudson Plc (March 2016)
Number of Pages256
Thickness216 mm
Height216 mm
Width138 mm
Product Code4368223
Page last updated 17th September 2017
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