VATICAN CITY – Pope Benedict XVI will start tweeting in six languages from his own personal handle (at)Pontifex on Dec. 12.
The Vatican said Monday the pope will be using a question and answer format in his first Tweet, focusing on answering questions about faith — in 140 characters.
The pope sent his first tweet last year from a Vatican account to launch the Holy See’s news information portal. The Vatican’s communications adviser Greg Burke told a press conference that the handle (at)Pontifex was chosen for the pope’s personal account because it not only means pope in Latin, but also bridge-builder, suggesting unity. How often will the pope tweet? Burke said, “as often as he wants.”
Here’s how Twitter greeted the news:
Welcome to Twitter, @Pontifex
Storified by Maclean’s Magazine · Mon, Dec 03 2012 04:32:10
The Vatican launches an official Twitter page for #Pope Benedict XVI in English @Pontifex & in seven other languagesBBC News (World)
La noticia tuitera del día es @Pontifex http://pic.twitter.com/UwrGGf0Imaximhuerta
The name of the Pope’s main account and profile page now live. Welcome, @pontifex http://pic.twitter.com/BhDKf6gxClaire Diaz-Ortiz
RT @Gurdur: From @helenlewis, on new @Pontifex (http://twitter.com/Gurdur/status/275574961861693440) : net already has "… picture of a cat in a Pope hat " http://pic.twitter.com/RsTLN8lrTeresa Baldwin
Aye! No tweet, 26M followers–> @PontifexTrouble Man
@Pontifex hello popeOmar
RT @Nobigdealsparks: Hi @Pontifex, can I get a RT & a prayer for my iPhone which packed it in after a big Saturday night living like a rapper on Harcourt st?CJ Mandalinde
The Pope now has twitter (@Pontifex) I can imagine his first tweet “Just ate the body of Christ… lol”Steven Brosnan
@Pontifex Welcome to Twitter Il Papa!St Peter’s -Tuggerah
How come he only follows himself? Via @abcnews: official. Pope Benedict XVI joined Twitter and will tweet from @pontifexChris Dubrow