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Pope Francis tweets in Filipino

/ 05:05 PM January 16, 2015

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MANILA, Philippines—The official Twitter account of Pope Francis has posted two tweets in the Filipino language since he arrived in the Philippines for a five-day visit.

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The Pontiff’s first tweet praised the Philippines as a testament to the “youthfulness and vitality of the Church.”

“Ang Pilipinas ay patunay ng kabataan at kasiglahan ng Simbahan,” said @Pontifex. The tweet was posted at 4:02 p.m on Friday.

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The Pope’s second tweet was a follow-up to his message on the importance of family in society.

“Ang pamilya ay ang pinakamahalagang kayamanan ng isang bansa. Naway pagsikapan nating ipagtanggol at patatagin itong pundasyon ng lipunan,” he posted four hours later.

In English, the Pope said, “The family is the greatest treasure of any country. Let us all work to protect and strengthen this, the cornerstone of society.”

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The @Pontifex Twitter account has 5 million followers.

When traveling on papal visits, the Pope’s official Twitter account often posts tweets in the native language of the country he is currently visiting. RC/SP

TOPICS: Pontifex, Pope Francis, tweets, Twitter
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