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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

11/13/2013 (2 years ago)

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Leader of Catholic Church beats out celebrities, catchphrases on English-speaking Internet

Pope Francis is by far the most popular man on the English-speaking Internet. His name beats out major media and sports celebrities online - he even tops phrases such as "deficit' and "twerking." The reason as to why, as we shall see is a bright spot in a dark world .

Pope Francis is a mega-celebrity of the highest order - and a different kind of order. While others are famous for lying, twerking or their supposed good looks, Pope Francis seems to be famous for only the noblest of intentions.

Pope Francis is a mega-celebrity of the highest order - and a different kind of order. While others are famous for lying, twerking or their supposed good looks, Pope Francis seems to be famous for only the noblest of intentions.

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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

11/13/2013 (2 years ago)

Published in Living Faith

Keywords: Pope Francis, Internet popularity, hashtag


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - A new report shows Pope Francis' far-reaching pull on the digital continent. "Pope Francis" is the most discussed name on the 1.83 billion person English-language portion of the Internet, according to Global Language Monitor's 14th annual global survey of the English language.

Pope Francis' popularity even engulfs not only people but also organizations, programs, and even laws. The next five most discussed names are "Obamacare", "NSA", "Ed Snowden", "Kate Middleton", and "IRS." Pope Francis bests them all.

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Even among the most commonly used words in the English-language portion of the Internet, "@Pontifex" (Pope Francis' English username on Twitter) comes in at fourth. This beats out far less inspirational things such as "drones", "surveillance", "deficit," and "twerking." Francis loses out only to "404," "fail" and "hashtag."

Why is this so? It's been said that the Vatican media team has been known for its comical inadequacies. It appears that Pope Francis just can't stay out of the news. There are new pictures, statements and stories going viral every week.

Pope Francis is a mega-celebrity of the highest order - and a different kind of order. While others are famous for lying, twerking or their supposed good looks, Pope Francis seems to be famous for only the noblest of intentions.

A man of many contradictions, he's the supreme leader of a 1.2 billion member religion -- yet he goes out of his way to embrace a man with a disfigured face. He personally calls up an unwed mother and offers to baptize her child. When the world seems to be on the brink of war, he organizes and leads a world day of prayer for peace - and it all works.

The phenomenon can be likened to a candle of hope in an increasing dark and impersonal cyber world.

A birth foretold: click here to learn more!

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Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for May 2016
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Evangelization: Holy Rosary: That families, communities, and groups may pray the Holy Rosary for evangelization and peace.



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