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The Pope Sends Out His First Tweet

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Pope Benedict is now tweeting in eight languages.

Last week, the Vatican revealed that the Pope had joined Twitter. Though he managed to amass hundreds of thousands of followers in just a few days, the @pontifx Twitter feed remained unused until today. Today, Pope Benedict sent his first message out into the Twitterverse. The message expressed gratitude for the positive feedback he has received since joining the micro-blogging service and, of course, included a blessing.

"Dear friends, I am pleased to get in touch with you through Twitter. Thank you for your generous response. I bless all of you from my heart," he tweeted.

 

Roughly one hour later, Pope Benedict began to tweet about how people can better celebrate their faith on a day-to-day basis. Since this morning's first tweet, Pope Benedict has sent out a total of seven tweets. However, it seems he hasn't quite gotten the hang of hashtags, as he hasn't used a single one since he started tweeting, which is a bit of a missed opportunity, considering the amount of responses he's probably getting.

So far, almost 850,000 people are following the Pope on Twitter. According to a New York Times article posted last week, The Vatican is hoping that the Pope's foray into the wild world of social media will help the church connect with young people. The Pope has a total of eight accounts, which he uses to send out tweets in different languages. If you combine the number of followers across all eight accounts, Pope Benedict has surpassed a million followers on Twitter.

The Washington Post reports that a Twitter employee was on hand when the Pope sent out his first tweet. According to a Vatican spokesperson that spoke to the Post, his first tweet was all his own words. No word on whether subsequent tweets were sent by a Vatican spokesperson or were also penned by Pope Benedict.

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    aoneone , December 12, 2012 4:24 PM
    When will someone finally tell him that Religion doesn't exist and that Science is the new faith? ^_^
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    Anonymous , December 12, 2012 4:17 PM
    Now we can all read PopeSpam!
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    internetlad , December 12, 2012 4:23 PM
    "Prayed 2day, luv u 2 Jesus. Thinkin bout god now."
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    aoneone , December 12, 2012 4:24 PM
    When will someone finally tell him that Religion doesn't exist and that Science is the new faith? ^_^
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    unoriginal1 , December 12, 2012 4:31 PM
    aoneoneWhen will someone finally tell him that Religion doesn't exist and that Science is the new faith? ^_^

    Huh..... 850,000 Catholics seem to disagree
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    internetlad , December 12, 2012 4:35 PM
    unoriginal1Huh..... 850,000 Catholics seem to disagree

    I think the worldwide number is closer to a billion, I bet most of the people who are sub'd right now aren't even catholic, they're just doing it for the lulz.

    Either way, if you told that to the pope (or most any of them) I don't think they'd take your word for it, aoneone.
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    MajinCry , December 12, 2012 4:46 PM
    'I bless all of you'

    ...Is he God? Or are his suckling-zombie followers not worthy of God's blessin'?
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    LordConrad , December 12, 2012 5:02 PM
    Finally there is someone on Twitter worth listening to! If anyone can turn Twitter into something positive, it's the Pope.
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    LordConrad , December 12, 2012 5:08 PM
    aoneoneWhen will someone finally tell him that Religion doesn't exist and that Science is the new faith? ^_^

    When will atheists learn that there are greater things that only faith, not science, can explain?
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    madjimms , December 12, 2012 5:21 PM
    LordConradWhen will atheists learn that there are greater things that only faith, not science, can explain?

    Nope.... You're just not smart enough to figure things out.
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    Maxor127 , December 12, 2012 5:22 PM
    LordConradWhen will atheists learn that there are greater things that only faith, not science, can explain?

    When will atheists and religious people learn that it doesn't matter, either way the Pope gets to live like a god whether there is one or not.
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    hate machine , December 12, 2012 5:51 PM
    coybell451If you think Jesus`s story is exceptional..., last month my sisters girlfriend also easily made $7866 sitting there a ninteen hour week an their house and they're buddy's ex-wife`s neighbour has done this for 4 months and earned more than $7866 part-time from their mac. apply the tips here.. www.BIT40.com


    In a story about the pop, that is just awesome. These spam bots are getting hella smart!
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    hate machine , December 12, 2012 5:52 PM
    LordConradWhen will atheists learn that there are greater things that only faith, not science, can explain?


    So it was magic that brought Jesus back to life? A space wizard in white robes you say?
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    Old_Fogie_Late_Bloomer , December 12, 2012 6:44 PM
    hate machineIn a story about the pop, that is just awesome. These spam bots are getting hella smart!

    Naughty, naughty: clip out the URL before posting (bonus points for replacing it with something imaginative)...but yeah, I thought someone was being a smart@$$ before I realized it was mere coincidence...
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    Old_Fogie_Late_Bloomer , December 12, 2012 6:50 PM
    LordConradWhen will atheists learn that there are greater things that only faith, not science, can explain?

    When will Christians learn that atheism and disbelief of your ludicrous and impossible worldview are not the same thing?
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    jecastej , December 12, 2012 7:27 PM
    You can't blame God for what men has done with religions. Also science teach you nothing about how to live your life.
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    fjfixer , December 12, 2012 7:51 PM
    The pope actually invented tweets to direct deaf irish boys to hide under his bed when the devil came a knockin.
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    COLGeek , December 12, 2012 7:56 PM
    Some "nice" mature posts here. Way to go Tom's. Nice job feeding the trolls.
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    Osmin , December 12, 2012 8:15 PM
    This comes from the same organization that said “The earth is the center of the universe” and brought us the pleasures of the various inquisitions. Of course, the original Christian church is the best since they wrote the “New testament” (Which contradicts the loving behavior of god that killed every innocent man and child on earth but Noah) and gets 2.2 billion followers. Ron Hubbard writes a book and the Church of Scientology is created and gets over 8 million followers. The profit Joseph Smith talks to an angel of God and writes the “Book of Mormon” and gets over 14 million followers. Mohammad speaks to God and writes the Qur’an and gets 1.8 billion followers. The list goes on and on. Nothing has changed in over 2000 years and therefore, we must have full trust and confidence of what man has written.
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    Soda-88 , December 12, 2012 9:22 PM
    No mention of derogative reply tweets? Somebody should teach him how to delete those...
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    eklipz330 , December 12, 2012 11:45 PM
    MadjimmsNope.... You're just not smart enough to figure things out.

    typical atheist going for petty insults to establish a point

    atheism has went from being the voice of reason to being what's cool to do. i swear some of my friends stopped following religion because of something some twit wrote on reddit or some stupid meme.

    and apparently now, only idiots believe in religion. is there something wrong with having faith in the supernatural? the correct answer is NO. only when you choose to shove it down people's throats, which is what atheists seem to be doing now.
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