Pope's Twitter account to close as he leaves office, Vatican Radio says
Pope Benedict XVI clicks on a tablet to send his first twitter message at the Paul VI hall at the Vatican, December 12, 2012.
February 22nd, 2013
03:01 PM ET

Pope's Twitter account to close as he leaves office, Vatican Radio says

By Laura Smith-Spark, CNN

(CNN) - At the same time as Pope Benedict XVI leaves office on February 28, his Twitter presence as @Pontifex will also come to an end, according to Vatican Radio.

The news may come as a sad blow to the more than 2 million people who've signed up to follow his tweets in nine languages since his account was launched with fanfare two-and-a-half months ago.

About 1.5 million of those people follow the English language feed, with nearly 700,000 following him in Spanish and just short of 335,000 in Italian. About 22,500 people follow @Pontifex in Latin.

The account will be closed to coincide with the 85-year-old pope's formal departure from office at 8 p.m. local time, Vatican Radio said.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Catholic Church • Christianity • Pope Benedict XVI

soundoff (102 Responses)
  1. Different Chad, Same Insanity

    "The bottom line is that it’s not a matter of who has the better (or the most) “facts on their side.” We need to understand that there are no such things as brute facts—all facts are interpreted."

    February 22, 2013 at 8:57 pm |
  2. M.A.D.

    I TOLD YOU SO !!

    February 22, 2013 at 8:22 pm |
  3. The Pope's Final Tweet


    February 22, 2013 at 7:11 pm |
  4. Under My Wheels

    God is very busy. I don't think for a minute that we are the only beings he has created and tends. The Earth is but one garden of many he must care for. I think he does his best despite what atheists and so-called Christians would tell you.

    February 22, 2013 at 7:00 pm |
    • Hike Muckabee

      We're likely just the biggest pain in his ass, though.

      February 22, 2013 at 7:10 pm |
    • Hike Muckabee

      ps: Crapass poe

      February 22, 2013 at 7:14 pm |
    • Under My Wheels

      Hike, perhaps but his love fills me the courage I need to do the things I must do in His name. He commands me and I obey. Just as the dog is compelled to eat puke, so does God tell me to partake of the filth in this world do set things right. I think you understand.

      February 22, 2013 at 7:14 pm |
    • Akira

      What the....LOL!! Toshi, is that you??

      February 22, 2013 at 7:23 pm |
    • sam

      LOL what the hell is going on here....

      February 22, 2013 at 7:27 pm |
    • End Religion

      Just a bored Apple Bush is all...

      February 22, 2013 at 7:33 pm |
    • Toshi

      You always get me Akira! ;)

      February 22, 2013 at 7:46 pm |
    • Toshi

      End Religion got me too lol – AB

      February 22, 2013 at 7:47 pm |
    • Apple Bush

      Akira, "Under My Wheels" is a classic Alice Cooper song.

      February 22, 2013 at 7:49 pm |
    • Akira

      Apple, I should have guessed that 'Under My Wheels' is an AC song...I'm not quite the fan you are. Next time, I'll just Google before I rely on my sixth sense, LOL!

      February 22, 2013 at 8:16 pm |
  5. I

    was singing deep in sin
    Far from the peaceful shore
    Very deeply stained within
    Sinking to rise no more
    But the master of the sea
    Heard my despairing cry
    From the waters lifted me
    Now safe am I
    Love lifted me
    Love lifted me
    When nothing else could help
    Love lifted me

    February 22, 2013 at 6:43 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Other One


      February 22, 2013 at 6:47 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Other One

      Porpoises do that too sometimes, I've heard.

      February 22, 2013 at 6:48 pm |
    • Alien Orifice

      Love lifted me. Then I finished, pulled out, and nature made me flacid.

      February 22, 2013 at 7:05 pm |
  6. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things

    February 22, 2013 at 6:11 pm |
    • Jesus

      Prayer does not; you are such a LIAR. You have NO proof it changes anything! A great example of prayer proven not to work is the Christians in jail because prayer didn't work and their children died. For example: Susan Grady, who relied on prayer to heal her son. Nine-year-old Aaron Grady died and Susan Grady was arrested.

      An article in the Journal of Pediatrics examined the deaths of 172 children from families who relied upon faith healing from 1975 to 1995. They concluded that four out of five ill children, who died under the care of faith healers or being left to prayer only, would most likely have survived if they had received medical care.

      The statistical studies from the nineteenth century and the three CCU studies on prayer are quite consistent with the fact that humanity is wasting a huge amount of time on a procedure that simply doesn’t work. Nonetheless, faith in prayer is so pervasive and deeply rooted, you can be sure believers will continue to devise future studies in a desperate effort to confirm their beliefs!

      February 22, 2013 at 6:23 pm |
    • HeavenSense

      Hi Prayerbot.

      February 22, 2013 at 7:05 pm |
  7. Under My Wheels

    The ignorance is powerful on this blog. When one is unable to care for oneself, help is needed. Help to wipe the feces of your buttocks after using the toilet for example. You may not enjoy this attention, but you need it. Just as you need God to wipe the fear from your heart.

    February 22, 2013 at 5:39 pm |
    • Ummmmm

      I have not fear and no need for your god...next.

      February 22, 2013 at 5:41 pm |
    • Under My Wheels


      I know you believe that, but alas it is not true. Suppose you are in the car and someone releases gas. You are in traffic and unable to crack the windows. But he who dealt it is hands free and can operate the windows. Give your burdens over to our Lord God. Let him crack the windows and then you can breathe in the fresh air.

      February 22, 2013 at 5:44 pm |
    • Ummmmmm

      Nah, I would just light a match.

      February 22, 2013 at 5:50 pm |
    • Under My Wheels

      Don't hide the flame under a bushel.

      February 22, 2013 at 5:51 pm |
    • Ummmmmm

      No worries, once the car is on fire the person will stop and I'll take a breath of fresh air.

      February 22, 2013 at 5:54 pm |
    • God: A Barbie doll for the mind

      Under My Wheels' Barbie God is Fear-Scrubbin' Barbie.

      February 22, 2013 at 6:04 pm |
    • End Religion

      To the tune of "Under My Thumb" by Her Majesty's Rolling Stones

      Under my wheels
      The apologist who always lets me down
      Under my wheels
      The girl who once pushed the sane around
      It's down to me
      The difference in the lies she tells
      Down to me, the change I feel,
      She's under my wheels
      Ain't it the truth babe?

      Under my wheels
      The squirmin' dog who's just had her day
      Under my wheels
      A girl who has just won't change her ways
      It's down to me, yes it is
      The way she does just what she's told
      Down to me, the change has come
      She's under my wheels
      Ah, ah, say it's alright

      Under my wheels
      A siamese cat of a girl
      Under my wheels
      She's the dimmest nutter in the world
      It's down to me
      The way she talks when she's spoken to
      Down to me, the change I feel,
      She's under my wheels
      Ah, take it easy babe

      It's down to me, oh yeah
      The way she talks when she's spoken to
      Down to me, the change has come,
      She's under my wheels
      Yeah, it feels alright

      Under my wheels
      Her thoughts are only sane to herself
      Under my wheels, well I
      I can still read someone else
      It's down to me, oh that's what I said
      The way she talks when she's spoken to
      Down to me, the change I feel,
      She's under my wheels
      Say, it's alright.
      Say it's all...
      Say it's all...
      Take it easy babe
      Take it easy babe
      Feels alright
      Take it, take it easy babe.

      February 22, 2013 at 6:38 pm |
    • Alien Orifice

      End Religion, how about lyrics to the tune of "Under My Wheels"?

      February 22, 2013 at 7:10 pm |
    • Akira

      I call poe on Under My Wheels.

      @End Religion:
      Daaaang! That's excellent! I may be thinking of your lyrics the next time I hear the actual song, lol.

      February 22, 2013 at 7:19 pm |
  8. End Religion

    LOL, they're afraid a senile old man will fire off something to embarrass the church even more?

    February 22, 2013 at 5:35 pm |
  9. Under My Wheels

    The trick to receiving peace and love from the Father is to accept him into your heart. I realize that is a cliché, but it is the simple truth. If your arrogance and pride will not allow the Holy Spirit to dwell within you, then what can God do? It is a partnership. If you have to pee and you have two broken arms, don’t you want a friend to help you aim?

    February 22, 2013 at 5:29 pm |
    • A so called Christian

      There is no trick. You just need to trust in God. That analogy is gross

      February 22, 2013 at 5:32 pm |
    • Answer

      It's far less ridiculous to get a pet rock and place your trust in that.

      February 22, 2013 at 5:34 pm |
    • Under My Wheels

      @A so called Christian

      A trick, a way of life. You should not trust in something you do not understand. Through understanding comes belief, and with belief will come salvation.

      February 22, 2013 at 5:35 pm |
    • End Religion

      The pet rock does sound like the better option here. It seems less vengeful.

      February 22, 2013 at 5:38 pm |
    • A so called Christian

      There is no trick, you just need to have faith in the almighty God and you need to trust him. There may be seasons of doubt and it is ok, the key is not to lose focus on him. The greatest example is that of Peter, the moment his took his eyes off his savior he started drowning. The key is to hold on to Jesus.

      February 22, 2013 at 5:40 pm |
    • Pete

      Most of the atheists posting here are former xtians or ministers. Your religion is a cult.

      February 22, 2013 at 5:42 pm |
    • Under My Wheels

      If it is true that Christianity is a cult, so what? What is wrong with a cult? Truth is truth no matter what you choose to call it.

      February 22, 2013 at 5:47 pm |
    • Pete

      "Truth is truth no matter what you choose to call it."

      Your truth is crap, now go ask your friend to wipe your azz.

      February 22, 2013 at 5:55 pm |
  10. Under My Wheels

    The atheists on this blog and many of the "so-called" Christians are remarkably uninformed and spiritually dead inside. Loving your God is not a difficult task, and in exchange you will receive piece of mind. How does one live in this difficult world of trials and tribulations without the Father's love guidance?

    February 22, 2013 at 5:18 pm |
    • midwest rail

      I'd prefer peace of mind, thank you. The contemporary Christians posting here have none to share, alas.

      February 22, 2013 at 5:21 pm |
    • A so called Christian

      I'd rather have peace of mind

      February 22, 2013 at 5:21 pm |
    • Under My Wheels

      But then again, every "so called" Christian is a "so called" Christian to another "so called" Christian.

      February 22, 2013 at 5:24 pm |
    • A so called Christian

      Oh, btw, you wouldn't know how God gives peace to the so-called Christian.

      February 22, 2013 at 5:24 pm |
    • End Religion


      February 22, 2013 at 5:24 pm |
    • Under My Wheels

      So your only reply is to make fun of a type-o? Thank you for making my point.

      February 22, 2013 at 5:26 pm |
    • midwest rail

      " Thank you for making my point. " Since no one did, try again.

      February 22, 2013 at 5:28 pm |
    • A so called Christian

      To the question on trials and tribulations, I think if one has to have their anchor on God. Walk by faith not by sight.

      February 22, 2013 at 5:28 pm |
    • End Religion

      Braaaaaaaiiiiiinnns! Braaaaaaaiiiiiinnns!

      February 22, 2013 at 5:33 pm |
  11. sam stone

    did he get caught by Dateline NBC?

    February 22, 2013 at 4:57 pm |
  12. Under My Wheels

    There is but one light in the world. The light of Christ. Follow it, protect it, fight for it, kill for it.

    February 22, 2013 at 4:57 pm |
    • Hike Muckabee

      Suck it

      February 22, 2013 at 5:07 pm |
    • Under My Wheels


      A typical childish response from an atheist who is unable to fathom that the spirit of God is very real.

      February 22, 2013 at 5:09 pm |
    • ..

      How many raped children have your religion thrown under its wheels, sparky?

      February 22, 2013 at 5:12 pm |
    • Under My Wheels

      @double dot

      My religion has don't nothing to harm anyone. Individuals sin, not a religion.

      February 22, 2013 at 5:14 pm |
    • Under My Wheels

      My apologies, "done"

      February 22, 2013 at 5:15 pm |
    • Under My Wheels

      And definitely make up shit for it.

      February 22, 2013 at 5:22 pm |
    • Madtown

      The light of Christ. Follow it,
      "How can I follow Christ if I've never heard of him?"

      – signed,
      A human being placed by God into an area of the world where christianity doesn't exist

      February 22, 2013 at 5:25 pm |
    • Under My Wheels

      I don't care about those who are born outside the laws of Christianity. Not my concern.

      February 22, 2013 at 5:33 pm |
    • Answer

      "Not my concern." <<– yep, no one cares for your crap either.

      February 22, 2013 at 5:35 pm |
  13. jj

    Hope the next Pope tweets as well

    February 22, 2013 at 4:43 pm |
  14. Yeah

    Glad they put this story up, because the Pope just hasn't been getting enough press lately.

    February 22, 2013 at 4:39 pm |
  15. Doobs

    Good riddance.

    February 22, 2013 at 4:20 pm |
  16. Alias

    So how will he keep in touch with all his holy friends?

    February 22, 2013 at 4:19 pm |
  17. Reality

    And the irony is that said Twitter account was probably the reason he resigned as no doubt there were not many friendly comments in those millions of Tweets i.e the Arab Spring has turned into Religion's Spring.

    February 22, 2013 at 4:18 pm |
  18. Claire

    How appropriate that the pope is pulling out. I wonder how many women he did that to. Or men.

    February 22, 2013 at 3:59 pm |
  19. meifumado

    oh, they said twitter not diddler.

    February 22, 2013 at 3:37 pm |
  20. Honey Badger Dont Care

    Another who gives a shat story!

    February 22, 2013 at 3:23 pm |
    • Honey Badger cares enough to comment

      don't cha?

      February 22, 2013 at 5:28 pm |
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