The Tweetable Pope: A Spiritual Revolution in 140 Characters

Michael O’Loughlin opens a wonderful window into the heart and revolutionary mission of Pope Francis by examining his extensive and revelatory use of social media


Michael O’Loughlin uses Pope Francis’s almost daily “tweets” to his 6 million followers to explain why this pope has not only captured the world’s imagination but also what his strategy and vision are for the future of the church. From the beginning, with his commitment to “remember the poor,” Francis embarked on a mission to “rebrand” the church so that it better reflected its founder, Jesus Christ, instead of preserving institutional power and prestige. Amidst surprising pronouncements and reforms and a humble and humorous approach to his office, Francis’ most surprising strategy may be his decision to leverage a modern innovation: a Twitter account.

’Loughlin helps us peer behind these 140-characters-or-less missives to see the biographical, historical, and spiritual context for why and what the Pope tweets. What O’Loughlin discovers is that these seemingly simple messages provide a direct line to the Pope’s heart and reveal why he seems so peaceful, loving, and courageous as he goes about his work to re-establish the church as being known for love, mercy, grace, and care for the needy. O’Loughlin not only reports on an exciting and fascinating new way the Pope has used to communicate directly to his flock, but also presents an inspiring and moving testimony how we, too, can be more centered on what matters most to God.

O’Loughlin organizes the book by core themes in the Pope’s tweets, from social justice to celebrating life’s joys (see the chapter on favorite sports teams) to climate change to the dangers of gossip and other concerns.

The Tweetable Pope: A Spiritual Revolution in 1401 Characters

by Michael O’Loughlin

  • Hardcover
  • ISBN: 9780062434999 $18.99
  • trim: 5′ x 7 1/8″
  • on sale 9/8/2015

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