#Pontiff: The Pope Tweets (Video)

Pope Benedict XVI enters the Twitterverse to promote the Vatican’s News.va launch

Last Updated: June 29, 2011 @ 12:48 PM

The 84-year-old Pope Benedict XVI sent out his very first holy tweet on Tuesday.

"Dear Friends, I just launched News.va Praised be our Lord Jesus Christ! With my prayers and blessings, Benedictus XVI," he wrote.

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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.