The attention to and discussion of the new Pope is without precedent. One has to ask, why?
Surely one reason is that there are 1.2 billion Catholics in the world, 77 million in the United States. A second reason is that there are so many issues surrounding the Church and the Vatican and associated elements. Above both these reasons there are tens of millions that are looking for directions to a better life.
Wes Pedersen (Mar. 18, 2013): He clearly will be a Pope of the People. If he chooses to help spead the word of God via social media -- well, does that not seem to be an added blessing to the Church in its quest to reach out to all of potential converts around the world?
Tim P. McMahon, PhD (Mar. 14, 2013): Cogent analysis of the challenges of Pope Francis I, Bob. Yet, it is startling that the Bishop of Rome began his first day the way pedestrian Romans begin theirs ... with a bus ride.
You present a pope, who at a mere one year younger than his predecessor, seems to have experienced his formation in a quite different way of life. It was one--quite telling of his Jesuit foundation--heavily influenced by a personal journey of self discovery and profound self-actualization, along with a deepening compassion for his fellow humans yearning for their calling.
This, I trust, may be the inspiration he brings to the followers who have been aching for direction and validation of their enduring faith.
He seems to have shunned the traditional view of riches, preferring to honor the richness of human contact with the true face of God--the poor and the common and not the self-promoting glittering digerati!
So, I may differ with you regarding the pope's use of social media, preferring to believe his genuine compassion for his fellow man will a powerful message that will "go viral" the old-fashioned way: soul-to-soul.