Tweet @ Pope Benedict's Official Twitter

Vatican City, 29 November 2012 (VIS) – Benedict XVI is now present on Twitter. All related information will be reported on Monday December 3rd  at a press conference to be held in the Holy See Press Office, with the participation of Archbishop Claudio Maria Celli, president of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, Msgr. Paul Tighe, secretary of the same dicastery, Fr. Federico Lombardi S.J., director of the Holy See Press Office, Professor Gian Maria Vian, editor of “L'Osservatore Romano”, and Greg Burke, Media Advisor to the Secretariat of State. The Pope has already used the 140 character “tweet” format when, in June 2011, he launched the Vatican information portal, with the words: “Dear friends, I just launched Praised be our Lord Jesus Christ! With my prayers and blessings, Benedictus XVI”.

" His Holiness is not expected to compose every 140-character soundbite himself but he will be approving everything sent out." by By ADAM SHERGOLD

"The Pope is to start sharing his thoughts Urbi et Orbi - to the city and to the world - through Twitter by the end of the year, Vatican officials have confirmed. But followers shouldn't expect full-length Papal encyclicals condensed into 140 characters on his new account, just a few words from his weekly teachings or an occasional update on what he's up to. Pope Benedict XVI, 85, sent his first tweet last year through the official Vatican account, while launching a new website. He wrote on an iPad: 'Praised be out Lord Jesus Christ! With my prayers and blessings, Benedictus XVI."

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