For a special message add @Pontifex to your Twitter
Holy Father will begin sending tweets on Wednesdays.
Twitter fans will soon get to add Pope Benedict XVI to their feeds. The Holy Father has his account under the name "@Pontifex". Next Wednesday, Benedict is expected to make his first tweet to answer a question about faith.
Pope Benedict sending his first tweet in June, 2011.
The Holy Father will have to keep his tweets short, he gets 140 characters like everybody else, but he may send more than one per week as more followers join.
Benedict has made a point to tell the clergy that the Church must be present in the digital realm. Many people are spending more and more of their time living, working, and playing in a virtual realm where virtually anything goes. Just as the Church has a presence in the physical world, so it should also have a presence in the digital.
The Vatican said the Pope will compose the tweets himself.
Despite the fanfare, this is not the first tweet from Benedict. In June 2011, he sent a tweet to the Vaticaan News site, @news_va_en, to announce the launching of the site.
Religious leaders have used Twitter for some time already, making Pope Benedict a relative latecomer. The Dali Lama has over 5.6 million followers on the service. However, this could be swiftly overtaken by the Holy Father who leads a flock of over a billion faithful.
The use of Twitter also allows the Pope to communicate directly with the youth, who tend to be on the go and living, at least a significant portion of their lives, on their smartphones and iPads. Twitter messages from the Holy Father will serve as reminders to the youth that someone is trying to reach them where they are at.
For those who speak Spanish, Italian, and French, there is also reason to rejoice - the Twitter feed will also send messages in those languages. Other languages are likely to be used to ensure the widest possible audience has the opportunity to share in the Holy Father's weekly tweets.
© 2012, Distributed by NEWS CONSORTIUM.
- - -
Pope Benedict XVI's Prayer Intentions for January 2013
General Intention: The Faith of Christians. That in this Year of Faith Christians may deepen their knowledge of the mystery of Christ and witness joyfully to the gift of faith in him.
Missionary Intention: Middle Eastern Christians. That the Christian communities of the Middle East, often discriminated against, may receive from the Holy Spirit the strength of fidelity and perseverance.
Keywords: Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, Twitter, #askpontifex, @Pontifex
Rate This Article
Leave a Comment
More Europe News
- Historic Meeting between Pope Francis and Coptic Patriarch, Tawadros II, Fosters Christian Unity
- Pope Francis Shakes up the Ambassadors Meeting and Addresses Economic Issues
- AU CONTRAIRE! Economic crisis has been 'pulling European public opinion apart'
- Pope Calls Whole Church to Encounter Jesus Christ Personally Through the Holy Spirit
- France ponder one percent 'Internet tax' to fund domestic computer production
- Pope Francis Canonizes 802 Saints: 800 Martyrs of Otranto and Two Latin American Foundresses
- Growth in Number of Catholics Worldwide, Along with Priests and Deacons
- Scientists confirm that Roman Empire was destroyed by plague
- Unemployed youth in Greece now above 60 percent
- Fr. Paul Schenck: Finding Living Faith on Catechetical Sunday
- The Movie Yellow: Incest as 'Normal' and Cassavates's Slides Into the World of Woes
- The Chicago School Teachers Strike Reveals the Need For School Choice
- The Sexual Barbarians and the Dissolution of Culture
- The Happy Priest Challenges Us to Ask: Who is Jesus to Me?
- Michael Coren on Canadian Public Schools: Teachers, leave those kids alone
- We Cannot Ignore Our Consciences: Cardinal Dolan On Religious Liberty
- In the Face of Danger, Successor of Peter Travels to Lebanon as a Messenger of Peace
- Reflections on the Dignity and Vocation of Women: Who or What?