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