Pope sends first tweet, launching new Vatican site
June 28th, 2011
03:16 PM ET

Pope sends first tweet, launching new Vatican site

By Richard Allen Greene, CNN

(CNN) - Twitter has welcomed a new user - one who already has more than one billion followers.

Pope Benedict XVI used Twitter to announce the launch of a new Vatican website, timed to coincide with Wednesday's 60th anniversary of his ordination as a priest.

The website, News.va, showed a photo of the pope with what appeared to be an iPad.

"The pope sent it, but it was prepared for him," Benedict's spokesman, the Rev. Federico Lombardi, told CNN. "The tablet was presented to him. He did the click and sent the tweet."

It was the pope's first tweet, Lombardi confirmed.

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

The pope himself may be new to Twitter, but the Vatican has been reasonably web-savvy for years, including launching an iPhone app and a Facebook page for the beatification of Pope John Paul II this year.

Benedict's tweet came on the English news feed for the Vatican, @news_va_en, which picked up about 22,000 new followers after the tweet, nearly tripling its number of followers.

The head of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, Archbishop Claudio Maria Celli, previewed the new website on Monday, saying it would bring together all the Vatican news outlets in one place.

At launch, it included a scrolling lead spot that showed the pope sending his tweet and a countdown clock to his his trip to Madrid - for which the Vatican has put up yet another website, Madrid11.com.

Joseph Ratzinger - the pope's name before he assumed the throne of St. Peter - was ordained a priest on June 29, 1951, at the age of 24.

- Newsdesk editor, The CNN Wire

Filed under: Belief • Catholic Church • Christianity • Pope Benedict XVI • Technology

soundoff (393 Responses)
  1. Polaroid Guy

    Good to know that the pope can put his finger on a screen. Question. Does he put on his own socks?

    July 28, 2011 at 12:52 am |
  2. AvdBerg

    For a better understanding of the Pope and his authority we invite you to read the articles The Mystery Babylon and Popes and the Princes of This World listed on our website http://www.aworlddeceived.ca

    All of the other pages and articles listed on our website explain how this whole world has been deceived as confirmed in Revelation 12:9.

    July 7, 2011 at 12:29 pm |
  3. James Black


    July 5, 2011 at 12:31 pm |
    • chief

      time for your meds james

      July 6, 2011 at 12:11 pm |
  4. chief

    wow its awesome how the pope has jumped into the currrent times by tweeting. a person of his age and ability with the ability to communicate with the masses at a seconds notice.... its even more amazing that this dress wearing standin for salems lot cant so anything about the abuse in the church even though it was his job for 20 years to investigate it.... awesome

    July 4, 2011 at 9:57 am |
  5. logmion

    At C.1:Q.96, Nostradamus foretells of an iconoclastic prophet, using refined language to continually educate, who is raised in the Last Days.

    Logmion is here and says "Bring Back Petrus Romanus"

    July 4, 2011 at 12:29 am |
  6. God is a better than all this

    God is like a hot fudge Sunday. My friends and I are reading a series of books on Christianity. It isn't what we were always told it was. If you want to know the truth about this whole thing go to the top of the food chain. Someone who is the best in the field. Someone who went to the best colleges for his research and has something worthwhile to say. Bart D. Ehrman is the author of more than twenty books, including the New York Times bestselling Misquoting Jesus and God's Problem. You will enjoy any of the lectures or books by Bart D. Ehrman. He is the James A. Gray Distinguished Professor of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and is a leading authority on the Bible and the life of Jesus. He has been featured in Time and has appeared on Dateline NBC, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, CNN, the History Channel, major NPR shows, and other top media outlets. History should be based on scientific research not gossip. Religion is not historically proven to be accurate. Stories told at camp fires by drunks, snake charmers and wackos.

    July 2, 2011 at 9:51 am |
  7. Marie Kidman


    July 1, 2011 at 10:52 am |
    • chief

      re marie: i actually watched the video? what exactly are you thinking when you post these things?

      July 1, 2011 at 4:33 pm |
  8. Pfarer Ahmet

    "And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it."

    The Church is where we maintain our Spiritual believe,as long there is someone Praying at Church,the Church and believers will be protected by the Spirit.
    Religeous Books mainly write solutions and advices for the time they were announced.If you find/read something clearly not suitable for the curent time,it doesn't means that it lost its legitimacy completely.If it announce that a Prophet will come then you'll have to wait on this Prophet to have it altered to the curent time.

    July 1, 2011 at 9:06 am |
    • chief

      what the hell is the point of that post?

      July 1, 2011 at 10:37 am |
  9. Sindhi

    Sends a tweet of what? ...to amend new verse in New Testament of Bible 😛 Great and it is still called heavenly book 😀

    July 1, 2011 at 8:31 am |
  10. test


    June 30, 2011 at 2:59 pm |
    • Andy Wormhole

      Very well said.

      July 1, 2011 at 8:02 am |
  11. test


    June 30, 2011 at 2:24 pm |
    • Andy Wormhole

      I am going to test some antics right away, as you seem to have some sort of mystical wisdom.
      I may "spoo" as well. If so, stand back to avoid getting any on you.

      July 1, 2011 at 8:03 am |
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