Pope tweets: Pope Benedict XVI answers questions via Twitter, now with over 1 million followers (Video)

By on Dec 13, 2012 in Europe, Internet, Lifestyle, Technology, World Comments

Pope Benedict XVI sent his first tweet using his official Twitter account (@Pontifex) this Wednesday, December 12, 2012, in front of a huge crowd of Catholics in Rome, as shown in the video below. The Pope tweets using eight Twitter accounts with different languages, including English, Spanish, and Italian.

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Pope Benedict XVI, sending his first tweet via
his official Twitter account

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“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 Pope wrote on his first tweet, at around 5:30 a.m. ET that day, at the Pope Paul VI Hall, and was joined on stage by top prelates and five chosen youths from across the globe.

The Pope‘s first tweet was in Italian and was shown in the huge screen in the hall. The people clapped their hands and the tweet was immediately translated in seven other languages. About an hour later, Pope Benedict XVI answered a faith-related questions asked to him via the hashtag #askpontifex.

“How can we celebrate the Year of Faith better in our daily lives?” The Pope tweeted later, followed by a reply to the question, “By speaking with Jesus in prayer, listening to what he tells you in the Gospel and looking for him in those in need.” He answered another question later, and is being expected to tweet more in the future.

Back in June 2011, Pope Benedict XVI personally launched the latest Vatican news website, and sent his first tweet via its official Twitter account (@news_va_en) using an iPad, saying, “Dear Friends, I just launched News.va. Praised be our Lord Jesus Christ! With my prayers and blessings, Benedictus XVI.”

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Pope Benedict XVI sending his first tweet using his official Twitter account
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