The Pope's First Tweet Is Sent Via @Pontifex

The Pope, or @pontifex, if you're following him on Twitter, has just emitted his first 140-character missive. And it wasn't "tap tap tap tap tap is this thing on?", as one wag in the office* just said, but a rather gentle and timeless outpouring of love to his 720,642 followers. A Twitter-y Q&A session was due to start at Midday today, but His Holiness doesn't seem to be in full flow just yet. Patience, as we all know, is a virtue.

Since it was posted, at around 11am Vatican time, (that's 11am in Central Europe), the message has been re-tweeted over 24,000 times, showing just how popular Benedict XVI is going to be, although he's got quite a bit of distance to make up if he wants to best President Obama's "Four more years" election victory tweet.

*Yeah, okay, that was me. I have the amazing talent of making myself laugh, which is good if you work from home, isn't it?

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  • Joe Nicklo

    I wonder though, is it really the Pope tweeting or someone tweeting for him? It would be nice to see a Pope that truly connects with people the way John Paul II did.

  • Kimberley Chan

    Hey Joe, we wondered the same thing. According to Reuter's the Pope won't be tweeting himself. He "will be pushing the button on his first tweet himself on December 12 but in the future most will be written by aides and he will sign off on them."