Pope Benedict XVI enters the Twitterverse to promote the Vatican's News.va launch
The 84-year-old Pope Benedict XVI sent out his very first holy tweet on Tuesday.
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His ordination to the Twittersphere coincides with the 60th anniversary of his ordination into the priesthood.
Using an iPad, the pontiff's missive and the new site represent a big step forward into social media for the Vatican, whose official Twitter account already has over 44,000 followers.
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Pre-Pontiff tweets on the account follow his word and world travels. Some examples:
"The Pope's message for World Youth Day §RV http://rv.va/fTLsAt,"
"Vatican determined to look sin and crime of sex abuse in the face §RV http://rv.va/naASdI"
As for the new site, it's loaded with the Vatican's latest breaking updates, an online radio station, a Flickr photo album, Facebook links and "Church in the World" news.