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Pope Benedict sends first personal tweet
The pope sends out his first tweet from his own account on Wednesday.
December 12th, 2012
10:32 AM ET

Pope Benedict sends first personal tweet

By Laura Smith-Spark, CNN

(CNN) – The wait is over for Pope Benedict XVI's many Twitter followers, and they have been quick to respond to the much anticipated first tweet from his personal account Wednesday morning.

Using the handle @Pontifex - meaning "bridge builder" in Latin - he posted: "Dear friends, I am pleased to get in touch with you through Twitter. Thank you for your generous response. I bless all of you from my heart."

A flood of tweets expressing joy, admiration, antagonism and skepticism followed from the Twitterverse, not to mention a fair few jokes.

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Filed under: Belief • Catholic Church • Pope Benedict XVI • Vatican

soundoff (83 Responses)
  1. Sheen Tracy

    II hope his cancer is getting better

    December 18, 2012 at 9:10 am |
  2. kevobx

    Distraction is Satan's mission is to keep you away from the Word of God by all means! (Revelation 19:13 And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God) *Matthew 27:25 Then answered all the people, and said, His blood be on us, and on our children. *Daniel 9:8 O Lord, to us belongeth confusion of face, to our kings, to our princes, and to our fathers, because we have sinned against thee.

    December 14, 2012 at 11:56 am |
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