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Twitter mania for Pope Francis

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Twitter Buzz About New Pope Hit 140,000 Tweets Per Minute

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A new humble leader Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina, the son of a railwayman. The first latin American leader of the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics is announced and causes Twitter mania . The 76-year-old is from Buenos Aires and the first Jesuit and non-European pontiff in nearly 1,300 years. March 14th 2013

Holiness the Dalai Lama Congratulates the New Pope

Apprised of the election of a new Pope this morning, His Holiness the Dalai Lama lost no time in writing to him to express his congratulations. the new pontiff’s historic choice of name, he wrote: Although I am not very familiar with many Catholic saints, I do know about St Francis, having visited Assisi and attended inter-religious gatherings there. His discipline, the simplicity of his way of life and his love for all creatures are qualities that I find deeply inspiring. I am moved to know that his is the name you have chosen for your papacy.”

Recalling his cordial meetings with Pope Paul VI, John Paul II and Benedict XVI and other Christian brothers and sisters, His Holiness looked forward to meeting the new leader of the Roman Catholic Church:

“ I am very pleased to have met and enjoyed friendly conversations with your immediate predecessors and, for the last forty years or so, have participated in fruitful exchanges with my Christian brothers and sisters. I hope that I may have the honour of calling on you too sometime in the near future.”

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His Holiness the Dalai Lama congratulates the new Popehttp:///Z1cL9f 
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“May I offer you my greetings and sense of joy on your historic election as the Pope.”

Twitter account @Pontifex.

popefThere were over 137,773 Tweets being posted per minute at the peak around 12:15PT, with over 4M total tweets in the two hours following the announcement (for a total reach of over 15 billion impressions). Here’s how the global conversation looked on Twitter:



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