Monday, December 3, 2012

Pope Benedict XVI opens Twitter account, bombarded by followers

Pope Benedict XVI

 @pontifex.

Pope Benedict XVI on Monday opened a Twitter account in English and six other languages.The other languages are Italian, French, German, Polish, Portuguese, Arabic and Spanish.

Without even sending a single tweet, the Catholic pontiff’s English Twitter account recorded over 31,000 followers within one hour after it was announced by the Vatican.


The 85-year-old pope is expected to begin tweeting on December 12, although the account was opened since February 2012.
“The first tweets will be answers to questions sent to the pope on matters of faith. The public can start sending them starting now,” the Vatican said.
Each account is following the other seven.
The Holy See’s press office said in a statement that “the Pope’s presence on Twitter is a concrete expression of his conviction that the Church must be present in the digital arena. This initiative is best understood in the context of his reflections on the importance of the cultural space that has been brought into being by the new technologies.
“In his Message for World Communications Day 2009, which was published on the same day as the Vatican’s Youtube channel was opened, Pope Benedict spoke of the necessity of evangelizing the ‘digital continent’ and he invited young believers, in particular, to introduce into the culture of this new environment of communications and information technology the values on which you have built your lives. ”

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