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Pope tweets on Christian charity

April 10, 2014: In a post on the social media on Thursday, Pope Francis tweeted on Christian Charity, asking the faithful to encounter the suffering Christ among the suffering. The Pontiff wrote on his Twitter account @pontifex: “Jesus teaches us to not be ashamed of touching human misery, of touching his flesh in our brothers and sisters who suffer.”

Pope Francis has often spoken about a radical Christian charity. In his message for the Twenty-Ninth World Youth Day in January 2014, Pope Francis had said “We have to learn to be on the side of the poor, and not just indulge in rhetoric about the poor! Let us go out to meet them, look into their eyes and listen to them. The poor provide us with a concrete opportunity to encounter Christ himself, and to touch his suffering flesh.”

The Pope has now close to 11 million followers on his Twitter account @Pontifex. And the re-tweeting of Pope’s message is reported to be reaching at least 60 million people. The Pope’s English-language handle alone has over 3 million followers. The papal tweets are published in nine languages on the micro-blogging website.


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