The Tweetable Pope: A Spiritual Revolution in 140    -     By: Michael O'Loughlin
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The Tweetable Pope: A Spiritual Revolution in 140

HarperOne / 2015 / Hardcover

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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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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 256
Vendor: HarperOne
Publication Date: 2015
Dimensions: 7.2 X 5.0 X 1.1 (inches)
ISBN: 0062434993
ISBN-13: 9780062434999

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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.

Author Bio

Praised by the National Catholic Reporter for having "a keen eye and an adroit pen," Michael J. O'Loughlin is the national reporter for Crux, The Boston Globe's publication covering "all things Catholic." O'Loughlin writes regularly about contem- porary Catholic issues, including religion and politics, Catholic young adults, the role of the Church in the public square, and much more at Cruxnow.com. O'Loughlin has also written for Foreign Policy, America, and The Advocate, and he has been interviewed by a number of media outlets, including NPR, FOX News, and MSNBC. Originally from Massachusetts, O'Loughlin lives in Chicago and reports occasionally from Rome. He is a graduate of Saint Anselm College and Yale Divinity School.

Editorial Reviews

“O’Loughlin is one of the most talented young Catholic writers today. His theological training and journalistic skills make him an astute observer of the church. His new book, examining Pope Francis’s daily Tweets from a spiritual standpoint, is sure to be a valuable addition to reflections on this extraordinary pope.”
“An insightful, comprehensive, and timely book that engages the genius of Pope Francis through his tweets. A must read: The #TweetablePope!”
The Tweetable Pope is full of fresh and fun insight into the modern mission of Pope Francis. A must-read for anyone-Twitter user or not-who wants the scoop on how the first Pope from the Global South is making history.”
“To say that Pope Francis is reaching millions with his tweets is a statistic. To explain why he is reaching millions is authentic education and new evangelization. O’Loughlin masterfully offers the background, context and foreground of Pontifex’s brilliant method of communicating with the world.”

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