Pope Francis takes Twitter by storm in the first Papal selfie
Pope Francis has taken the Twittersphere by storm yet again with the world's first papal 'selfie'.
The Pope had his picture taken inside the Vatican with young people from the Italian Diocese of Piacenza and Bobbio, who had come to Rome on a pilgrimage.
The Pope told the young crowd of 500 that he wanted to meet with them “for selfish reasons ... because you have in your heart a promise of hope.”
“You are bearers of hope. You, in fact, live in the present, but are looking at the future. You are the protagonists of the future, artisans of the future,”according to The Telegraph.
“Make the future with beauty, with goodness and truth,” he said. “Have courage. Go forward. Make noise.”
The photo of the 76-year-old posing with the teenagers has now gone viral across social media.
Pope Francis regularly hits the headlines for his unorthodox practices, including shunning the papal accommodation offered to him and choosing to sleep in a hostel instead, ignoring private cars to travel aboard buses and carrying his own bags when boarding planes.
When visiting young offenders at the 'Casal del Marmo' detention center earlier this year to mark Maundy Thursday, he washed the feet of two young female prisoners. Women had previously never before been included in the ritual, which symbolises Jesus washing the feet of his disciples.
On the evening he was named as the new Pope, he even fetched his own luggage and paid his own hotel bill, leading Vatican Thomas Roscia, a Vatican spokesman, to remark: "We are going to have to get used to a different way of doing things".
Pope Francis has his picture taken inside St. Peter's Basilica with youths from the Italian Diocese of Piacenza and Bobbio who came to Rome for a pilgrimage, at the Vatican.
New UK station Russia Today gives a very bizarre view of Britain
By performing as African Americans or Indians, white people get to play act a kind of 'imaginary liberation', writes Michael Mark Cohen
Top Gear presenter is no stranger to foot-in-mouth controversy
New essay by JK Rowling went live on Pottermore site this morning
Review: Mike Leigh's biopic is a rambling, rich character study
- 1 'Nasa Confirms Six Days of Darkness in December': No, they don't - it's a hoax
- 2 Canadian actor punched in face after 'Islamophobia' experiment goes wrong in wake of Ottawa shooting
- 3 Topshop at centre of row over body image as 'shocking' skinny mannequin photo goes viral
- 4 If you think Russell Brand’s new book is confused, you should read what his critics have to say about it
- 5 Kentucky gang rape: 15-year-old boy left in critical condition after sexual attack by group at party
'Nasa Confirms Six Days of Darkness in December': No, they don't - it's a hoax
Canadian actor punched in face after 'Islamophobia' experiment goes wrong in wake of Ottawa shooting
Halloween 2014: From the Screaming Man of Pluckley to the 'White Lady' of the Tower of London - Britain's 20 most haunted places
Russian politician says Apple CEO Tim Cook should be 'banned' from country after coming out as gay
Kentucky gang rape: 15-year-old boy left in critical condition after sexual attack by group at party
Pope Francis declares evolution and Big Bang theory are real and God is not 'a magician with a magic wand'
Huge surge in Ukip support after EU funding row, according to new poll
Ukip ‘exploiting grooming scandal’ to secure party’s first police chief
Nigel Farage: 'There’s nothing wrong with white people blacking up'
Maureen Lipman says 'she can't vote Labour while Ed Miliband is leader'
Muslims, immigration and teenage pregnancy: British people are ignorant about almost everything
£18000 - £27000 per annum + Commission: SThree: The SThree group is a world le...
£50 - £70 per day: Randstad Education Chelmsford: Are you an SEN Learning Supp...
£21000 - £31000 per annum: Randstad Education Chelmsford: KS2 Teachers - Chelm...
£21500 - £31500 per day: Randstad Education Chelmsford: Would you like to work...