Tuesday, 4 December 2012

The Pope joins Twitter

THE Pope is set to attract a new string of followers - by joining Twitter.

The Vatican announced Pope Benedict XVI will join the micro-blogging site from December 12 - using the account name @pontifex.

His Holiness will send out official messages in eight languages: Arabic, English, French, German, Italian, Polish, Portuguese and Spanish.

An official announcement said the Pope's first messages will be answers to followers on matters of faith.

Greg Burke, senior media advisor to the Vatican, said: “The Pope wants to reach out to everyone.

"We are going to get a spiritual message. The Pope is not going to be walking around with a Blackberry or an iPad and no one is going to be putting words into the Pope’s mouth. He will tweet what he wants to tweet."

Primarily the tweets will come from the contents of his weekly general audience, Sunday blessings and homilies on major Church holidays. They will also include reactions to major world events such as natural disasters.

The leader of the world’s 1.2 billion or so Roman Catholics will not send the tweets himself, but he will sign off on them before they are sent in his name.


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