31 August 2013 – 09H39
First papal ‘selfie’ goes viral on social media
Pope Francis poses with young people in the Church of Saint Augustine in Rome on August 28, 2013.
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AFP – Pope Francis has broken protocol once again, appearing with a puzzled look on his face in a “selfie” photo taken with a group of teenagers visiting the Vatican.
The picture appeared on the Facebook page of one of the youngsters, who used it as his profile picture, and was going viral on social media on Saturday.
The picture comes in the same week that the Oxford English Dictionary included the word “selfie” to denote a self-taken photograph on a smartphone.
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“There is no marketing behind these actions. The pope clearly likes being with people while his predecessor liked being with books,” said Beppe Severgnini, columnist for the Corriere della Sera daily.
The 76-year-old pope, Latin America’s first pontiff, has repeatedly broken with Vatican tradition since being elected in March, including regularly picking up the phone and calling ordinary people who write to him.
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Reminds me of how Pope John 23 was a people’s pope.
I am very impressed with this Pope’s ability to connect with “real people”.
I bet those youngsters will never forget that moment.
Like when I met Bishop Fulton J. Sheen.
We can all take a lesson from his joy. Like the Dali Lama, life has to be “fun”. Life is fun.
He certainly makes things fun.
Imagine getting a call from the Pope?
What would you say?
I know what I’d say: “Forgive me Father for I have sinned …”.
A free pass at the Pearly Gates, cause I’d probably drop dead from the surprise.
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