Pope Benedict XVI will join Twitter from December 12, with regular tweets in eight languages from the account @pontifex in time for Christmas as the Vatican tries to woo the global Internet generation.
“The first tweets will be answers to questions sent to the Pope on matters of faith. The public can start sending them starting now,” said Vatican communications adviser Greg Burke at a press conference on Monday.
The account carries a picture of the Pope waving and its number of followers rose from around 2,400 at the time of the announcement to more than 24,000 just an hour later, with numbers continuing to rise sharply.
“Pontifex” is a Latin word meaning “pontiff”, the Pope’s official title. — AFP