Within four hours of the announcement, the Pope had more than 60,000 followers of his English account. The @pontifex account, however, follows only the Pope's accounts in the announced languages. The French account that was announced by the Vatican, @pontifex_fr, was temporarily suspended by Twitter but seems to be back online.
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