Pope on Twitter: Pope Benedict XVI tweets daily messages during Lenten season starting Ash Wednesday

By on Feb 23, 2012 in Internet, Lifestyle, World Comments

Pope Benedict XVI is set to deliver his daily messages via Twitter during the 40-day Lenten season, which started on Wednesday, February 22, 2012, or Ash Wednesday and will end on April 8, 2012, Easter Sunday.

Pope Benedict XVI during a mass
in Rome, Italy on Ash Wednesday 2012

Image Credit: Gregorio Borgia/AP

As noted at the Vatican news website that day, Catholics are being invited to follow the Pope on Twitter, where themes from that papal message will be posted every day during the entire Lenten season.

“Follow the Pope on Twitter for LentVatican news (@news_va_en) tweeted on Ash Wednesday, along with a link to a post at RadioVaticana.org inviting all Catholics to follow the Pope on Twitter; although it did not mention which Twitter account to follow.

In addition, other papal speeches and documents are likely to be tweeted in a similar way, in the coming months, which hopes to attract the media-savvy generation and convince them to discover more Christian messages.

“To those who say it’s dumbing down –no, this is entry level…to provoke people’s interest and to invite them then to follow the message and read the text…” A statement reads at News.va, which is also published at Vatican Radio.

“Many of the key Gospel ideas are readily rendered in 140 characters – this is not the only way the Church speaks but it’s an avenue that is open to us and it’s pithy, succinct and it’s one I think that we’re quite good at…” The statement added.

As reported earlier, the Pope joined Twitter on June 28, 2011, with his first tweet using an iPad saying, “Dear Friends, I just launched News.va. Praised be our Lord Jesus Christ! With my prayers and blessings, Benedictus XVI.”

The launch of the new Vatican news website that day also marked the 60th anniversary of Pope Benedict XVI’s ordination as a priest, noting that photos and videos of his activities will be posted there, as well as commentaries within the Roman Catholic Church around the world.

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