The day we have all been waiting for has finally arrived: The Pope has sent his first tweet

Pope Benedict XVI has officially entered the Twitterverse, sending out the first tweet from his personal account, @pontifex at approximately 11:30am European Standard Time (8:30AM EST) today.

“Dear friends, I am pleased to get in touch with you through Twitter. Thank you for your generous response. I bless all of you from my heart,” the tweet read.

His Holiness has made six subsequent tweets within three hours of the original tweet, the latest coming around 5:00pm ECT. The tweets were all questions and answers sent in by followers as part of a contest launched by the Vatican during the Vatican’s official announcement of the @pontifex account, with the final question posed by a “mom from the United States.”

The Pope’s English-language account had gathered more than 843,000 followers by the publication of this article. Within the four hours since the Pope’s first tweet, nearly 39,000 people had retweeted the blessing and another 12,000 had marked it as a favorite tweet.

The initial tweet went out during the Pope’s weekly general audience, and the Italian translation was also flashed on jumbo screens in the Pope Paul VI Hall inside the Vatican. Tweets from the @pontifex account are simultaneously sent out in eight languages, including Italian, English, and Spanish.

Unsurprisingly, the Pope’s decision to join Twitter has already been mocked and criticized by some. Comedian Jon Stewart and the newspaper The Onion both poked fun at the idea that His Holiness owns an iPad, and the Vatican was spammed with tweets remarking on the church’s clerical sex scandals.

This is technically not the first time that the Pope has written a tweet. He sent out a tweet over a year ago using a generic Vatican account to launch the Holy See’s information portal. And while His Holiness himself published the first tweet, it is believed that his staffers will send out future tweets for him.

 

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  1. Austin says:

    I think this is a great way to reach out to his followers.

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