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What is even more fascinating is how the social media world exploded with this news. It started with posts of "white smoke..." then evolved into anxious waiting about when he would emerge onto the balcony, and when it was announced that he was from Argentina and a Jesuit and was taking the name Francis I, all sorts of exclamations about how this was hopeful. Then once it was discovered that he was conservative, some disappointment, but it has all been followed by prayers. I enjoy this sort of digital presence. My friends all over the world (Catholic and non), and I am definitely doing the same, are excitedly retweeting and devouring all sorts of news.
Eight years ago, when the last pope was elected, there was no twitter, Facebook was still in its infancy, and our news still came from broadcast media sources. But the new pope is already tweeting. In Spanish.