@Pontifex (Pope Benedict XVI) Blesses Followers with First Tweet

The Vatican announced that Pope Benedict XVI will be joining Twitter at the beginning of the month, but the first papal Tweet only arrived today, December 12, 2012, blasting away suspicions that this was doomsday – if you needed any reassurance. Sure, the pope didn’t speak of the Apocalypse. Instead, he just blessed his followers:

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12/12/12 is an important date in social networking history. the Pope joined Twitter:

He followed up the first tweet with four more:

Five tweets in a such a short time looks like committed tweeting, but will the Pope be able to keep up, or is Archbishop Claudio Maria Celli of the Vatican’s communications department doing all the work? According to several media reports, the Pope did write and send out the first tweets himself. Does anyone expect the Pope himself to manage all 8 Twitter (Spanish, English, Italian, Portuguese, German, Polish, Arabic and French) accounts created today?

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