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.
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 Obama, Venezuelan president Hugo Chávez, Turkish 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!
- Pope joins Twitter as @pontifex, will start tweeting on 12 December (siliconrepublic.com)
- -Pope Benedict XVI Joins Twitter (bloggingministry.com)
- Pope Benedict XVI Joins Twitter (mashable.com)
- -Pope Benedict XVI joins Twitter and The Hate Starts Even Before His First Tweet? (answersforthefaith.com)
- Welcome, Pope Benedict XVI (twitter.com)