#PrayforPeace: A Tweet-CyclicalSeptember 16th, 2013
If you are not on Twitter, you may be unaware of how intense the Pope has been using that social network to preach the Gospel under the handle @Pontifex. Over time the Pope is becoming savvier with Twitter (or at least he is allowing his Twitter interns to do so). I think I noticed the first Papal hashtag this past World youth day when he tagged his tweets with #Rio2013 and #JMJ.
A hashtag (#) placed before a word or phrase on Twitter allows that particular “tweet” to be searched. When many people use the same hashtag it begins to trend on Twitter. Any Twitter user can click on a hashtag like #Rio2013 and see the worldwide conversation happening with tweets tagged with #Rio2013. It is a great way to raise awareness about issues and create community around a particular idea or cause.
The latest hashtag to be used by Pope Francis is #prayforpeace in response to the conflict in Syria. The Pope has stormed Twitter with an urgent and unabashed called for prayer and for peace. Put together, these tweets give us a snapshot of a Christian understanding of war, peace, and prayer. See for yourself:
Here are 6 takeaways from these tweets for peace:
Here is a sample of other #prayforpeace tweets: