The Pope joins Twitter

Pope Benedict XVI during visit to São Paulo, B...

Pope Benedict XVI during visit to São Paulo, Brazil. Italiano: Papa Benedetto XVI durante visita a San Paolo, Brasile. Português: Papa Bento XVI durante visita a São Paulo, Brasil. Česky: Papež Benedikt XVI. během návštěvy brazilského São Paula. Svenska: Påven Benedictus XVI under ett besök i São Paulo, Brasilien. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI has joined twitter. His username was revealed yesterday as @Pontifex. It was also announced that the Account will begin to be used on December 12th with a Question and Answer’s session beginning at midday. December 12th is an interesting date as it is the Feast of the Apparition of Our Lady of Guadalupe. His Holiness currently has over 390,000 followers.

While the Pope himself will not be the one tweeting and checking his account over lunch, he will be vetting every tweet and the majority will be composed by him.

The account will also not be following anyone bar the different language accounts set up. Accounts are set up in German, Spanish, Portuguse, Polish, Italian, French and Arabic.

With the Pope joining the world of twitter at the age of 85 many others are following his lead. So expect to see more of the Roman Catholic Hierarchy and Priest’s to join the service. It will be interesting to see what happens with it.

His Holiness joining twitter is a logical follow up to the creation of The Vatican’s YouTube Channel and the Pope2you website. It is another step on the road for the Church on its mission to engage Young People on familiar territory to them.

His Holiness joins a number of world leaders on Twitter. Some of the ones with the largest followings include The Dalai Lama, US President Barack ObamaVenezuelan president Hugo ChávezTurkish prime minister Abdullah Gül, Queen Rania of Jordan and UK Prime Minister David Cameron.

Co-coincidentally to this news, Spirituality Ireland has also joined twitter! Why not follow us @SpiritualityIre!

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Stephen Spillane

I am from Cork and a Member of the Church of Ireland. I attend St Anne's Union, Shandon and represent the parish on the Diocesan Synod of the Cork, Cloyne and Ross as well as on the diocesan Charting a Future with Confidence Council. Stephen is committed to the idea of an Inclusive Church and serves on the committee of Changing Attitude Ireland. He is also a member of Diverse Church. 

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