Christians urged by Pope Francis in fourth Filipino tweet to ‘serve the needy’

By Azer N. Parrocha

GO out to the needy, Pope Francis urged in his fourth tweet on his official Twitter account, @Pontifex on Sunday just moments before he lead his last mass in the country at the Quirino Grandstand.
The Pope had once again tweeted in Filipino, making this the fourth tweet translated in the vernacular since he arrived the country for his five-day Apostolic visit from Jan 15 to 19.
“Bilang Kristiyano, miyembro ng pamilya ng Diyos, tinatawag tayo upang hanapin at paglingkuran ang lahat ng mga nangangailangan,” the Pope said.
He earlier posted the same tweet in English: “We who are Christians, members of God’s family, are called to go out to the needy and to serve them.”
In his past Filipino-centric tweets—one he posted on Saturday—the Pope also echoed the same message he shared with the survivors of typhoon “Yolanda” and pilgrims during his mass at the Tacloban Airport in Leyte.
“Ang kahabagan ng Diyos, ang kanyang sakripisyo, ay nagbibigay saysay at halaga sa lahat ng ating paghihirap, (The com-passion of God, his suffering-with-us, gives meaning and worth to our struggles and our sufferings),” the Pope said.
He also tweeted twice on Friday, first about the youthfulness and vitality of the Church: “Ang Pilipinas ay patunay ng kabataan at kasiglahan ng Simbahan.”
And the second one, dealing with family being the greatest treasure of any country: ““Ang pamilya ay ang pinakamahalagang kayamanan ng isang bansa. Naway pagsikapan nating ipagtanggol at patatagin itong pundasyon ng lipunan.”
The Pope was earlier named the most influential Twitter user or “tweep” in the world, according to a Twiplomacy 2014, a study of how Twitter is being used by world leaders.
He currently has about 5.01 million followers on his official Twitter account, which was first activated last February 2012.
Aside from tweeting in Filipino, the Pope has also tweeted in other languages including Spanish, English, French, German, Arabic, Portugese, Polish, and Latin. (PNA)

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