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Hallelujah! Pope Benedict sets up his own Twitter account

Published time: November 09, 2012 15:02
Edited time: November 09, 2012 19:02
Pope Benedict XVI checks the new Vatican web portal on an iPad device at the Vatican (Reuters / Osservatore Romano)

Pope Benedict XVI checks the new Vatican web portal on an iPad device at the Vatican (Reuters / Osservatore Romano)

Pope Benedict will join the army of Twitter users across the world and set up his personal account on the popular social network. He is expected to start using it by the end of the year, Vatican officials have confirmed.

­Pope Benedict XVI reportedly won’t be going at full length with his texts, which are reduced to 140 characters on Twitter. His messages will be put in a nut shell, mostly featuring updates on his activities and words of wisdom.   

The tweets will apparently strike a contrast to those of pop stars. “You’re probably not going to get any tweets saying ‘a great new pizzeria has just opened in my neighborhood,’” a Vatican source told Newsmax.

The tweets are likely “not veer too far from his texts and on many occasions point to the things the Pope says.”

“It will be proper language, for example pointing to his weekly teachings or whatever he is doing on that day,” he added.

The 85-year-old head of the Catholic Church sent his first tweet through the official Vatican account last year. “Praised be our Lord Jesus Christ! With my prayers and blessings, Benedictus XVI,” the Pope wrote.

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