The terminologies of two religious leaders rhetoric about communities in pope francis’ and dalai lama’s tweets

Tamas Toth, Jacint Farkas

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This study aims to investigate Pope Francis’ and Dalai Lama’s communication about communities on Twitter. Our primary research question is based on the idea that Pope Francis tweets about communities surrounded by religious contexts, while Dalai Lama does not focus on religious embeddedness in his tweets referred to communities. First, from rhetorical perspectives, we tried to examine whether the two leaders tweet about groups of people by using religious contexts. Second, we made an effort to seek whether they use explicit religious community rhetoric. Third, we sought similar potential patterns in @Pontifex’ and @DalaiLama’s Twitter rhetoric in the task mentioned above. This paper’s results support that both religious leaders focus on one universal goal in their tweets, namely the healthy co-existence in order to keep the planet as a liveable sphere. To promote that idea, they address the vital role of shared responsibility for every people regardless of whether or not they belong to religious communities.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)159-178
Number of pages20
JournalEuropean Journal of Science and Theology
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2019



  • Community
  • Dalai Lama
  • Pope Francis
  • Rhetoric
  • Social media

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Religious studies
  • History and Philosophy of Science

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