WEST, Texas -- The pope is using his Twitter account to ask followers to pray for victims of a fatal fertilizer plant explosion in a small Texas town.
In a message posted Thursday morning, Pope Francis said: "Please join me in praying for the victims of the explosion in Texas and their families."
The newly installed pontiff's Twitter page shows he's posted 18 tweets in the past month.
Authorities say a massive fire and explosion at a downtown fertilizer plant in West killed as many as 15 people Wednesday evening and injured more than 160 others. Several firefighters are still missing.
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No More Pope Francis?
If your name is"Francisco" in Argentina or throughout Latin America, you're probably better known as "Paco" or "Pancho." Perhaps the new pope will be called "Papa Paco" or "Papa Pancho." It has a nice ring to it, don't you think?
Blue And White All The Way
Could the new pope adorn himself with the blue and white of Argentina's flag instead of the traditional red and white gown? They're subtle, respectful. Maybe the cardinals will go for it.
Nothing Like Argentinian Wine
Who says communion wine needs to be flavorless? How about a nice Mendoza Malbec from western Argentina's grapevines?
Did Someone Say 'Empanadas'?
Sure, Italians might be known for a few great baked goods. But why not bring a few <em>empanadas</em> (baked flour filled with meats, cheeses, and veggies) over to Vatican City? They could give those calzones a run for their money.
The Pope Cannot Live On Bread Alone
Perhaps Papa Francisco will shake up the papal diet. Expect some mate (Latin American tea) and <em>bizcochitos</em> in the morning, and some roast meat in the afternoon.
'Pásame la botella...'
But then again, perhaps he'll trade in the traditional afternoon cup of tea for an ice-cold Quilmes cerveza (traditional Argentinian beer).
Up In Smoke
Now that the real smoke signals are done, perhaps the Vatican will send a different kind, from the multiple Argentine <em>parrilladas</em> (barbecues) made at all times of the day.
Se Habla Español
Holy Masses might take a different sequence: First Spanish, then Spanglish, English, Italian, Latin... in that order.
Soap Operas After Sunday Mass?
Will we look forward to <em>telenovelas</em> on Vatican City television?
A Divine Dance
Will the chorus sing to the rhythm of tango?
Oh, Maradona, Conceived Without Sin...
Depictions of Maradona and Messi could replace the classic Madonna paintings for the futbol-loving pontiff.
Could Evita Perón's photos be also part of the Vatican's decor?
Will we see<a href="http://abcnews.go.com/International/pope-francis-soccer-fan/story?id=18748799" target="_blank"> the games of San Lorenzo</a>, <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/vito-garcia/pope-francis-soccer-lover_b_2876269.html" target="_blank">the Pope's favorite Argentine soccer team</a>, broadcast from Saint Peter's basilica for all the people to enjoy?
Is God Argentine?
The official papal attire and decoration could carry an insignia that bears the popular Argentinian joke, "God is an Argentine, and now the pope is, too."