Pope Francis tried once again to be the “People’s Pope” in a sermon celebrating World Youth Day in Panama City, Panama on Sunday with a viral tweet connecting Mary to modern Instagram “influencer” culture.
“With her ‘yes’, Mary became the most influential woman in history,” his account posted on Twitter. “Without social networks, she became the first ‘influencer’: the ‘influencer’ of God.”
The tweet was one certainly aimed at the world’s young Catholics, ahead of his closing out of World Youth Day with Mass attended by an estimated 700,000 people on Sunday morning.
The pope’s service encouraged young people to seize each day follow their dreams. “You dear people are not the future, but the now of God,” Francis told the crowd.
Among those in attendance were presidents of Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Panama and Portugal.