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Pope sends condolences for S.Korea ferry victims

Pope Francis on Saturday voiced condolences for the victims of a ferry disaster in South Korea, where 273 people are missing and 29 have been confirmed dead. "Please join me in praying for the victims of the ferry disaster in Korea and their families," Francis said in a tweet published on his Twitter account @pontifex. Francis is due to make a five-day visit in August to South Korea, which has more than five million Catholics -- around 10 percent of the population.

Pope Good Friday service underscores plight of the suffering

By Philip Pullella ROME (Reuters) - The plight of immigrants, the poor, the sick, the elderly, unemployed and prisoners dominated Pope Francis' Good Friday service at Rome's Colosseum as he led Catholics around the world in commemorating the day Jesus died. The pope, in the run-up to the second Easter of his pontificate, presided at the traditional "Via Crucis" (Way of the Cross) service around the ancient Roman ruin.

Pope Francis's Twitter followers grow to 13 mn

Rome, Apr 16 (EFE).- Pope Francis's official Twitter account (@pontifex) has reached 13 million followers in nine languages. The pontiff has 13,005,370 followers on the social-networking site, with the majority of them in Spanish. The pope's Spanish feed (@pontifex_es) is the most popular on the social network, with 5,415,627 followers. Pope Francis has 3,914,595 followers in English, 1,647,119 in Italian, 1,011,390 in Portuguese, 259,042 in French, 236,808 in Latin, 215,082 in Polish, 183,363 in German and 122,344 in Arabic.

Pope Francis's Twitter followers grow to 13 mn

Rome, Apr 16 (EFE).- Pope Francis's official Twitter account (@pontifex) has reached 13 million followers in nine languages. The pontiff has 13,005,370 followers on the social-networking site, with the majority of them in Spanish. The pope's Spanish feed (@pontifex_es) is the most popular on the social network, with 5,415,627 followers. Pope Francis has 3,914,595 followers in English, 1,647,119 in Italian, 1,011,390 in Portuguese, 259,042 in French, 236,808 in Latin, 215,082 in Polish, 183,363 in German and 122,344 in Arabic.

Pope marks anniversary with prayer and a tweet

Pope Francis on Thursday marked the first anniversary of his election with a tweet urging his followers to pray for him, as he himself spent the day in solemn reflection on a spiritual retreat. In keeping with Francis's tendency to eschew much of the pomp and ceremony associated with his role, the anniversary was not marked in any official way, with the exception of a solitary tweet from the official @Pontifex account.

Francis marks 1st anniversary as pope

Vatican City, Mar 13 (EFE).- Pope Francis has no special plans to mark his first anniversary as pontiff on Thursday, Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi said. The pope is on a Lenten retreat that started on Sunday with members of the Curia in Ariccia, near Rome, the Vatican spokesman said. The 77-year-old Francis, who was elected the 266th pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church on March 13, 2013, broke his silence with a Twitter post asking the faithful to pray for him.

Francis marks 1st anniversary as pope

Vatican City, Mar 13 (EFE).- Pope Francis has no special plans to mark his first anniversary as pontiff on Thursday, Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi said. The pope is on a Lenten retreat that started on Sunday with members of the Curia in Ariccia, near Rome, the Vatican spokesman said. The 77-year-old Francis, who was elected the 266th pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church on March 13, 2013, broke his silence with a Twitter post asking the faithful to pray for him.

Pope marks anniversary with prayer and a tweet

Pope Francis on Thursday marked the first anniversary of his election in prayer and quiet contemplation of the meaning of Lent, far from the adoring crowds and controversies of Rome. In keeping with Francis's tendency to eschew much of the pomp and ceremony associated with his role, the anniversary was not marked in any official way, with the exception of a solitary tweet from the official @Pontifex account.

Pope marks first year far from Rome's madding crowd

Pope Francis on Thursday marked the first anniversary of his election in prayer and quiet contemplation of the meaning of Lent, far from the adoring crowds and controversies of Rome. In keeping with Francis's tendency to eschew much of the pomp and ceremony associated with his role, the anniversary was not marked in any official way, with the exception a solitary tweet from the official @Pontifex account.

German Catholic bishops pick pope aide as new leader

By Alexandra Hudson BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany's Catholic bishops elected Munich Cardinal Reinhard Marx their new leader on Wednesday, picking a close associate of Pope Francis already working on Vatican reform to also guide them at home. Marx's election in Germany, one of the richest and most influential national churches in the 1.2-billion-strong Roman Catholic world, enhanced his status among the men the pope has called on to help him revitalize the Catholic Church.
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