Pope starts personal Twitter account

By Daniel S Levine,

Pope Benedict XVI is now a member of Twitter. The Vatican said Monday that the pope will use the account to answer questions starting next week.

Although the pope won’t start answering questions until Wednesday, Dec. 12, the Vatican already set up @pontifex, which has not sent any tweets. Still, the page already has over 377,000 followers. The page is only following seven other profiles, which are other pope pages set up in different languages, including Italian, French and German.

According to CNN, you can send your questions with the hashtags #askpontifex or #B16.

“The Pope's presence on Twitter is a concrete expression of his conviction that the Church must be present in the digital arena,” the Vatican said in a statement, adding that the Twitter account “can be seen as the 'tip of the iceberg' that is the Church's presence in the world of new media.”

Greg Burke, the Vatican’s communications adviser, said that the pope will be the one writing the tweets, according to USA Today. “Nobody is going to be putting words into his mouth,” he said. “All words will be the pope's words.”

The Vatican’s next move to take the Catholic Church into the 21st century is a Pope App and that e-book copies of his books will soon be released.

The 85-year-old pope has actually tweeted in the past. Back in 2011, he wrote, “Dear friends, I just launched News.va. Praised be our Lord Jesus Christ! With my prayers and blessings, Benedictus XVI” on the Vatican’s news service page.



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