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The Pope Gets His Own Personal Twitter Page

By - Source: The New York Times | B 12 comments

His Holiness will start tweeting next week.

In December of last year, the Pope used an Android tablet to turn on the lights on a the world's biggest Christmas tree, located in Gubbio, Umbria, Italy, from the comfort of his own home. Now, a year later, His Holiness has joined Twitter. 

Though Pope Benedict XVI has joined Twitter, he hasn't actually posted anything to his personal page just yet. According to the New York Times, his very first tweet is scheduled for publication on December 12. When it does go out, it'll hit the Twitter streams of some 375,000 users. That's right, despite the fact that he has yet to tweet, Pope Benedict XVI is already well on his way to half a million followers. The Vatican is hoping that the Pope's foray into the wild world of social media will help the church connect with young people.

NYT cites the Vatican as saying the handle @pontifex was picked for its meaning (it translates to bridge-builder in Latin) but also because so many other usernames had already been taken. Indeed, @benedictXVI is a spoof account, @thepope looks to be the personal account of one Luis Pope Gómez, @pontif is also taken, as is @vatican, @pope, @popebenedict, and @popebenedictxvi (which has actually been suspended).

Be sure to tune in on December 12, when the Pope will send out his first tweet. The tweets will be responses to #askpontifex, and TVNZ reports that they'll initially be sent out in Spanish, English, Italian, Portuguese, German, Polish, Arabic and French, with other languages to be adding in future.

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    Stryter , December 4, 2012 3:25 PM
    Ah yes, the bashing and hate begins. First comment out of the gate!
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    MajinCry , December 4, 2012 3:41 PM
    What is he going to tweet about? What God said to him.
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    Yuka , December 4, 2012 3:46 PM
    I bet he follows Iron Maiden. ROCK ON! (?)

    Cheers!
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    Anonymous , December 4, 2012 4:08 PM
    "The Vatican is hoping that the Pope's foray into the wild world of social media will help the church connect with young people."

    Anyone else giggle or am I the only one going to hell for thinking of a certain joke.
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    mrmaia , December 4, 2012 4:26 PM
    "Pontifex" is latin for "pontiff" AFAIK, its meaning goes further than just "bridge builder".
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    victorintelr , December 4, 2012 9:05 PM
    Actually I think that pontifex sounds kinda cool compared to the typical suggestions, however if someone listens about this news and doesn't know what the actual tweeter account is, he/she might try what would be logical (besides looking it up in Bing or Google) and not find it. This happens to the vatican for not acting immediately.
    It reminds me (though is not related) when I was looking to some Nissan cars, I put nissan.com and a computer website popped up. What actually happened is that Uzi Nissan registered the website first, and Nissan Motors is suing the guy for something like 10 million for damages, it's just ridiculous.
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    drakennz , December 5, 2012 1:40 AM
    TVNZ? As in the New Zealand government television body? Television New Zealand?
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    mayankleoboy1 , December 5, 2012 2:40 AM
    he should be ready for some nasty comments. Being pope does not mean you wont get hate-mail.
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    cats_Paw , December 5, 2012 6:27 AM
    I wonder if satan will start a tweeter as well... This is hilarious really. Proves big time my old theory that religion is just a way to control uneducated and supersticious people (thou if you have been teached his crap since childhood, its hard to not fall for it).
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    tiret , December 5, 2012 6:30 AM
    what a bunch of hypocrites, the same people responsible for the dark ages now want a twitter page. go find some boys to play with you scum!
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    cats_Paw , December 5, 2012 7:33 AM
    I wonder if the pope will start trolling since its also "popular" nowdays...

    I can see this already: "Whoever dosent like my facebook page is ging to hell!", or "God asked me if we want Donuts or popcorn in heaven when watching the living"
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    evilsooty , December 5, 2012 2:33 PM
    My previous comment (below) was deleted.

    'Great! Now I can keep track of what the King of the Paedophiles' is doing at all times'

    Any reason for deletion? It is factually correct as he is the leader of a global ring of child molesters.
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