Reactions to Pope Benedict's Resignation on Social Media
- This was the Pope's most recent tweet, which was retweeted more than 10,000 times.
- Jokes about the Pope's Twitter account sprang up quickly after his resignation was announced.
- Pope Benedict's followers around the world expressed their dismay about his resignation.
- — Kara David (@karadavid)Mon, Feb 11 2013 03:33:36Sad . Pope Benedict is resigning on Feb 28. His writings were enlightening and a great inspiration to many... Thank you Pope Benedict XVI
- — Conor Thomas (@conorthomas)Mon, Feb 11 2013 04:26:13Very sad to lose our beloved Pope. There should be the same outpouring of love and grief for him now as there would have been had he died.
- Others were critical of Pope Benedict for his handling of the series of sexual abuse scandals that wracked the Catholic Church.
- — Abie Philbin Bowman (@AbiePB)Mon, Feb 11 2013 03:47:24Hang on. Pope is resigning vis he's "too old". Not for presiding over the largest organised cover up of child abuse, anywhere. Ever.
- — Caitlin Fitz Gerald (@caidid)Mon, Feb 11 2013 06:11:29What I'd like to see in a new Pope: someone who truly accepts the Church's accountability in decades of sexual abuse of children.
- The selection of the next Pope was a hot topic of discussion.
- Pope Benedict's name also spurred hundreds of puns about a popular brunch dish.
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