Pope Francis  (Getty Images/Franco Origlia) Study: Obama most followed on Twitter, pope most influential

A new study shows U.S. President Barack Obama is still by far the most followed world leader on Twitter, but Pope Francis is considered the most influential by the number of his messages retweeted.

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