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Monday, December 3, 2012
In eight languages with nearly 300,000 followers in just a few hours. The official Twitter account of Benedict XVI is presented to the press: @Pontifex

December 3, 2012. Today in the Vatican the official Twitter handle @Pontifex of Benedict XVI was presented to the micro-blogging site that has more than 500 million users.

If there is one thing that characterises the literary style of Pope Benedict it is the abilty to express and summarize in a few words things that are essential and deeply profound. And so why not make use of Twitter that has been created precisely for expressing a thought that makes sense in no more than 140 characters?

It is symptomatic of what the Pontiff wrote in his message for the upcoming World Social Communications Day: “In the essentiality of short messages, often no longer than a verse of the Bible, you can express profound thoughts, if you do not neglect the cultivation the interior life.” Here then is a new sense that can be given to the thousands of tweets that are sent in avalanches on the internet.

“His micro-messages will be ‘pearls of wisdom,’ explained president of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications Msgr. C. Maria Celli, “that will be taken from the core of his catechesis.”

Benedict XVI will twitter direct for the first time during the General Audience of December 12, 2012, feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

The head of Vatican Communications anticipated the news that an app for smartphone will be arriving directly, that will be dedicated to the Pope: “The Pope”. It will be available for free on Apple Store by the end of the year, and a version is already in the pipeline for Android as well.

A Vatican footnote underscores: “The Pope’s presence on Twitter is a concrete demonstration of his conviction that the Church must be present in the digital world.”

(500)Rules

Rosellina

Thursday, December 13, 2012 at 12:06

ciao Papa Buono, le arrivi il mio saluto è bello averla su twitter “finestra aperta” è un inizio ravvicinato, dialogo di famiglia Cristiana, grazie Rosellina

Marili Fernandes

Wednesday, December 5, 2012 at 11:05

É lo Spirito Santo che, attraverso Bento XVI, penetra nella storia per diffondere la sua luce nei mezzi di comunicazione in alto stile.

BILLAUD Marie

Wednesday, December 5, 2012 at 04:17

Bravo pour cette initiative. Notre Pape montre bien que les moyens modernes de communication sont des éléments concrets à utiliser pour faire passer des messages de paix, de joie, dans le respect du prochain. Une année de foi qui donne un message d’espérance. Je lui demande sa bénédiction pour le monde entier. Marie Pierrette – Ile de la Réunion, Océan Indien.

Sr. Susan m Greene, diGA-RDC

Tuesday, December 4, 2012 at 15:02

This certainly is good news especially for the young folks. The Church is reaching out to all and so must we…….building a United World.

Erasto

Tuesday, December 4, 2012 at 12:54

Me encanta este Papa, como dirían los gen, tan a los tiempos de la comunicacion actual…

vittoria

Monday, December 3, 2012 at 21:56

Sono convinta che Gesu’avrebbe utilizzato anche Lui questi mezzi,ma a quei tempi non erano presenti..Se utizzati per evangelizzare,sono veramente utili,senza appoggiarci nello stesso tempo troppo o vederli come indispensabili.