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. True Friend

    Catholics do have doctrinal problems in the light of the Bible, but they can read the Bible and keep the genuine faith in Jesus.

    June 29, 2011 at 8:54 am |
  2. Kebos

    This Pope is an idiot and not someone I consider of good moral standing. Why is this news? The PR machine is working OT.

    June 29, 2011 at 8:33 am |
    • Kebos

      Wow! He "did the click". Impressive if not pathetic.

      June 29, 2011 at 8:34 am |
  3. Friend

    A man of God! The whole world must listen to him!

    June 29, 2011 at 2:58 am |
    • Friend

      He's really the most godly former Nazi around, so listen to him!

      June 29, 2011 at 3:11 am |
    • True Friend

      The second "Friend" is a fake. Nazis just used the name of the Church as any villains would do. They killed countless Catholics. Nazi Germans were godless Darwinians, worshippers of Hitler.

      June 29, 2011 at 6:14 am |
    • Friend

      Don't listen to the imposter True Friend. Everyone knows Hitler was a Catholic.

      June 29, 2011 at 7:12 am |
    • CatholicMom

      People know that Hitler was not Catholic….just like today….people call themselves Catholic but are not Catholic because they do not follow or believe in ALL that the Church professes as Truth.

      June 29, 2011 at 8:49 am |
    • True Friend

      The 3rd "Friend", Hitler is exactly your kind – an atheist, not Catholic or Lutheran. Nazis are experts in lies and false pretention just like American atheists, full of hatred. Why can't these stupid secular Americans get educated properly on Holocaust or on Nazi Germany?

      June 29, 2011 at 8:50 am |
    • Stevie7

      "people call themselves Catholic but are not Catholic because they do not follow or believe in ALL that the Church professes as Truth."

      Then the vast majority of US Catholics are not catholics, by your definition, because they do not believe in or follow the churches teaching.

      June 29, 2011 at 8:53 am |
    • r u slow boy?

      @true friend Hitler was a Catholic that for some reason belived in natural selection and that whites were superior. Natural selection is not the evolution theory proposed by Charles Darwin. So I guess we should hate children or a person that was a child just because we were at war with their country while they were young.

      June 29, 2011 at 9:16 am |
    • True Friend

      @R-U-, Hitler was a demon-possessed man. You don't classify a demon with any decent religion on earth. Europe and America are guilty for looking away from the plight of the Jews then and now. Pay back for our guilt until the Kingdom comes.

      June 29, 2011 at 9:28 am |
    • HeavenSent

      Hitler's downfall, like so many is due to living, believing and relishing in the carnal ways of the world. I care less what he called himself. He's on the wrong side of the divide as I write.


      June 29, 2011 at 10:39 am |
    • HeavenSent

      I know he's on the wrong side of the divide because I'm there myself, right now. It's hotter down here than you might think.

      June 29, 2011 at 10:43 am |
    • HeavenSent

      I'm a hunka hunka burnin carnal. God made me this way.

      June 29, 2011 at 10:49 am |
  4. Jimbo

    If the Pope wants to praise my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, then he might want to get saved and quit leading his followers straight to a devils hell.

    June 29, 2011 at 2:07 am |
    • i wonder


      How uppity of you (and the Pope... or anyone) to claim that you have the only keys to some idyllic fantasy kingdom.

      June 29, 2011 at 2:44 am |
    • Jimbo

      @i wonder........ I do not have the only keys to the kingdom of heaven. Aybody that accepts the Lord Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior can have "a set of keys" to heaven. If the Pope really believes in Jesus the way God intended for us all to, then he neds to get right with the Lord before he dies. I'm not being upity like you said, just telling the truth. At least that's what I believe to be the truth, but then again, I believe the Bible is the word of God inspired by God himself. Guess we will see when I close my eyes forever here on earth.

      June 29, 2011 at 2:51 am |
    • i wonder


      Guess what? The Pope thinks that he *is* "right with the Lord"... and possibly thinks that you are astray. Bunches of other people think that they are "right with the Lord" too, and that both the Pope and you are astray.

      Guess what else? Nobody knows for sure. If your fantasy helps you sleep at night, so be it - please just don't be so arrogant to say that it is the one and only truth.

      June 29, 2011 at 3:12 am |
    • Jimbo

      @i wonder...... If the Pope believes the King James Bible, then he should know he isn't right with the Lord. But it is obvious he doesn't because the Catholics add and subtract from the Bible as they see fit to suit their needs. If people believe the Bible and what it says, then getting right with the Lord and accepting him as your Lord and Savior IS the only way to get into heaven. You don't have to se things my way and neither does anybody else for that matter. Like I said, I will know once I die.

      June 29, 2011 at 3:34 am |
    • CatholicMom

      The very first Bible came from the Catholic Church. Adding and/or subtracting from this first Bible was done by protesters. The first Bible dates back to 383, making it over 1600 years old. [The Old Testament part of the Bible is much older than that! But the OT and the New Testament together, as the ‘Bible’, is much older than the King James Bible.] The King James Bible is only about 400 years old!

      June 29, 2011 at 9:31 am |
    • Ed

      @Jimbo what about the verisions of the bible whay is the King James the right one? Also if you follow every word in the Bible do you drink to excess, speed, if so you following it poorly. On more question for since your so very judgemental what happened to Judge not lest ye be judged you forget about that one

      June 29, 2011 at 4:15 pm |
    • Jimbo

      @catholicmom..... God gave us the very first Bible since all word is inspired by Him. The catholics think everything will be OK if you pray to Mary. I don't think that is how God intended for us to ask for forgivness. Mary, as special of a lady as she was, was just a tool that God used to give mankind the greatest gift of all. His Son.
      @ed...... The King James is the closet english translation to the Greek, Hebrew, and Aramaic books you will find. As far as drinking and speeding, I can say very proudly that I do not drink at all nor do I speed. I am not judging the Pope or anybody else for that matter. I am just stating what is written in the Bible. Every man, woman, boy, and girl will one day stand before the great white throne of judgement and be judged. At that time, those who have heard the gospel and rejected Christ WILL remember every time they had the chance to get saved but rejected it.

      June 29, 2011 at 7:58 pm |
    • Ed

      @Jimbo it sounds an awful like like your judging

      June 30, 2011 at 7:39 am |
    • CatholicMom

      We don’t pray to Mary for forgiveness, we ask her to pray for us. Here is a prayer that we love which is all Bible verses except for the ending…
      Hail, Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou amongst women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
      Holy Mary, Mother of God pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death.

      Protestants love reciting verses, so do Catholics.

      Jimbo, your message to Ed said that there will be those who remember every time they ‘had a chance to get saved but rejected it’. We are not saved by any specific action we do or words we say. We are saved by the specific action of Jesus Christ.

      ‘Judge not lest ye be judged’ has nothing to do with looking at actions, words, deeds, and judging whether or not we should do likewise…but the verse is referring to judging souls which is strictly what the Father will do upon our dying; we must not judge whether someone is going to hell or heaven …not even our own soul. EACH will be judged by the Father and we are not to presume we know what the Father will do in each case.

      June 30, 2011 at 7:53 am |
    • CatholicMom


      Was your Mother just a tool?
      Would Jesus honor his Mother if He asks us to honor our Mother?
      Can we go wrong if we imitate Jesus?
      Is Jesus your Brother? He IS the Son of ‘our Father’….
      If Jesus is your Brother, His Mother is your Mother….
      Kindly honor her with all due respect.

      June 30, 2011 at 8:07 am |
    • CatholicMom

      Honestly, chief, the Catholic Church is not ‘private’! You can learn all about Her if you want and it is easy to receive the fullness of Faith from Her. No one is excluded except by their own wishes.
      You have a computer…check out the Catechism of the Catholic Church. The Encyclopedia of the Catholic Church is also free on line. Google: Communion of Saints Catholic Encyclopedia. Or Communion of Saints Catechism of the Catholic Church.
      You will find it is very easy to understand…’not private’ but very open!

      July 1, 2011 at 7:51 am |
    • Jimbo

      @catholicmom....... We are saved by a specific action with specific words. To be saved you must accept that Jesus was born of a virgin, led a perfect sinless holy life, was crucified on the cross, was ressurected on the third day, and is now living at the right hand of the Father. Then you must ask his forgivness of your sins and ask Him into your heart. You know, the sinners prayer...... Lord I am a sinner, please forgive me of my sins, cleanse me, and come live in my heart. And you CAN know where you will spend eternity when you die. If you have accepted Jesus and have lived according to His word and not backslidden, you are going to heaven. If you are waiting until you are standing before Him to know whether or not you will be living in heaven, it's too late for you then.

      July 1, 2011 at 5:32 pm |
  5. GreenEye

    When will be atheists have their own?

    June 29, 2011 at 12:13 am |
    • Harvey D. Rabbit

      Is there a translator available?

      June 29, 2011 at 12:18 am |
  6. Reality

    Another tweet for B16 and all his "3 B Syndromers" – i.e. Bred, Born and Brainwashed in Christianity:-------–

    From that famous passage: In 1 Corinthians 15 St. Paul reasoned, "If Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith."

    Even now Catholic/Christian professors of theology are questioning the bodily resurrection of the simple, preacher man aka Jesus.

    To wit;

    From a major Catholic university's theology professor’s grad school white-board notes:

    "Heaven is a Spirit state or spiritual reality of union with God in love, without earthly – earth bound distractions.
    Jesus and Mary's bodies are therefore not in Heaven.

    Most believe that it to mean that the personal spiritual self that survives death is in continuity with the self we were while living on earth as an embodied person.

    Again, the physical Resurrection (meaning a resuscitated corpse returning to life), Ascension (of Jesus' crucified corpse), and Assumption (Mary's corpse) into heaven did not take place.

    The Ascension symbolizes the end of Jesus' earthly ministry and the beginning of the Church.

    Only Luke's Gospel records it. The Assumption ties Jesus' mission to Pentecost and missionary activity of Jesus' followers The Assumption has multiple layers of symbolism, some are related to Mary's special role as "Christ bearer" (theotokos). It does not seem fitting that Mary, the body of Jesus' Virgin-Mother (another biblically based symbol found in Luke 1) would be derived by worms upon her death. Mary's assumption also shows God's positive regard, not only for Christ's male body, but also for female bodies." "

    "In three controversial Wednesday Audiences, Pope John Paul II pointed out that the essential characteristic of heaven, hell or purgatory is that they are states of being of a spirit (angel/demon) or human soul, rather than places, as commonly perceived and represented in human language. This language of place is, according to the Pope, inadequate to describe the realities involved, since it is tied to the temporal order in which this world and we exist. In this he is applying the philosophical categories used by the Church in her theology and saying what St. Thomas Aquinas said long before him."

    With respect to rising from the dead, we also have this account:

    o An added note: As per R.B. Stewart in his introduction to the recent book, The Resurrection of Jesus, Crossan and Wright in Dialogue,
    o p.4
    o "Reimarus (1774-1778) posits that Jesus became sidetracked by embracing a political position, sought to force God's hand and that he died alone deserted by his disciples. What began as a call for repentance ended up as a misguided attempt to usher in the earthly political kingdom of God. After Jesus' failure and death, his disciples stole his body and declared his resurrection in order to maintain their financial security and ensure themselves some standing."
    o p.168. by Ted Peters:
    Even so, asking historical questions is our responsibility. Did Jesus really rise from the tomb? Is it necessary to have been raised from the tomb and to appear to his disciples in order to explain the rise of early church and the transcription of the bible? Crossan answers no, Wright answers, yes. "

    o So where are the bones"? As per Professor Crossan's analyses in his many books, the body of Jesus would have ended up in the mass graves of the crucified, eaten by wild dogs, covered with lime in a shallow grave, or under a pile of stones.

    June 28, 2011 at 11:30 pm |
    • CatholicMom

      I suppose there will always be protestants.

      June 29, 2011 at 9:34 am |
    • Its About Good People, and that includes

      atheists. You must remember, it is not religions that do good work, it is good people. People who are religious and people who are atheist, equally. Also, rememebr, if good people didn't keep religion in its place, horrific crimes as the inquisition would still be going on.

      Religion had been toned down in civilized nations, and rightfully so.

      June 29, 2011 at 1:10 pm |
  7. Ted M.

    I'm sorry to say that I missed Colin's post. It provoked some interesting reactions. Could you repost it, Colin, or is there anyone who could repost it?
    Those who made it disappear are little better than children sulking and lashing out against words they did not like.
    I would prefer to read whatever it was no matter what was said.
    This does not mean I approve of these videos that keep popping up, however.
    See, I am sort of a hypocrite that way myself.

    June 28, 2011 at 10:55 pm |
    • ReportAbuse

      Can everyone plz report the above.

      June 29, 2011 at 9:12 am |
  8. Pictures never lie

    You know, in that picture, Popey looks like a vampire ready to lauch into the neck of the nearest bystander.

    June 28, 2011 at 10:45 pm |
    • Møøse choreographed by HORST PROT III

      He looks like an 84-year-old former Nazi.

      June 28, 2011 at 10:54 pm |
  9. Will The Thriill

    @Colin You literally made me doubt the Catholic religion. Please re post that post I want to circulate it

    June 28, 2011 at 9:22 pm |
  10. How silly

    The twerp sent a tweet. Wow and he still protects pedos over the lost lives of children. Anyone who follows this religion is a pedo enabler. Your $$ are used to lobby against children victims and their families. How shameful, how low.

    June 28, 2011 at 8:50 pm |
  11. Peter E

    Hey CNN, why not finally write an actual FACT based article on child abuse, showing that protestant abuse is at the same rate as the Catholic Churhc, and BOTH are only HALF the rate as the rest of society! Stop giving a platfrom for Catholic-haters to do their cutesey little trolling and stop censoring my posts!

    June 28, 2011 at 8:49 pm |
    • Limbaugh is a liberal

      Dude, this article isn't anything about abuse. Why bring it up? YOU are the one feeding the 'trolls.'
      Not that I disagree with you. CNN is anti-Catholic and doesn't base their articles on facts.

      June 28, 2011 at 8:52 pm |
    • How silly

      Nice try though. Then again, it is pretty low to post something as you have. You should be ashamed. Your post should have read 'I'm sorry for the pain of the many victims and families. I demand lawmakers start with this organization to clean it up, then move onto others.'

      But then again, your selfish post tells the rest of us a lot about you and your religion.

      June 28, 2011 at 8:58 pm |
    • How silly

      In California and Maryland, law makers passed laws to preserve victims civil rights. As a result, more than 85% of cases were against the catholic church and less than 15% were the sum total of all other religions and organizations. Insurance paid the claims so that no organization would have been targeted.

      June 28, 2011 at 9:00 pm |
    • Peter E

      I wasn't the one bringing it up. It was all those all-so-mature, so-righteous posters here who are such experts on the subject because they have researched all the facts.... by sheepishly following the latest trends in the media and parroting the same tired old slogans that even a 2 minute factual search can show have no basis in reality.

      June 28, 2011 at 9:01 pm |
    • Peter E

      You are really showing the ignorance I am talking about. You aren't stating any FACTS other than 'lawyers sue people who have money, irrespective of the actual rate of crime.' You need to do some research. It takes less than 2 minutes! But I guess protestants can be excused for all crimes because there is less money in suing them.

      June 28, 2011 at 9:06 pm |
    • How silly

      I am well informed on the subject. MOST victims have not come forward due to the illness caused and the denial by those as you. Then again, nice deflection, others did it too. How sick.

      June 28, 2011 at 9:06 pm |
    • How silly

      I am far from ignorant. I was a victim of sooddommy by a bishop today. Most victims organize together, all religions and organizations. Most of those of pedophilia were in the highest percent in the catholic church. I said pedophilia. We drew our own statistics. Those who abused me and others are free and unknown by any CNN authors. That is fact.

      One of those who abused me, abused another. He committed suicide, his mother cried to her death. You ought to take time to understand the effects of pedophilia on children. Quit protecting your religion over victims.

      Instead, you are more interested in your own churches reputation over the children whose lives were destroyed. I keep my kids away from your church and people as you.

      June 28, 2011 at 9:12 pm |
    • Peter E

      LOL! You are talking about me deflecting? And all you can come up with is the ambiguous, non-disprovable 'victims who have not come forward?' And I suppose all those victimes of other religions or the rest of society are ALL counted for! Yes, I apologize! I guess it is ONLY the Catholic Church that EVER abuses children and therefore not ONE person in the rest of society need to do anything to stop child abuse. Because people ONLY abuse children if they are Catholic clergy... (dude, you really haven't done ANY research, have you)
      Hey abusers! HOW says you can do all the abuse you want as long as you are not Catholic clergy because you are only a criminal if you are in the Church! All others are excused!

      June 28, 2011 at 9:14 pm |
    • Peter E

      You are not doing any service to stopping pedophilia by lying!

      June 28, 2011 at 9:16 pm |
    • How silly

      People already know the facts, Your posts are a simple reflection of your own arrogance. I stated what a caring person would have done, you chose the opposite. Again, we already disproved those as you and your deflections.

      Fact; the catholic church lobbies to stop laws giving victims justice. The truth is the greatest healer. The RCC denies the truth by lobbying to stop laws and by those as you.

      June 28, 2011 at 9:20 pm |
    • HelpNewYorkExposePedos

      I suggest if you folks want to expose the worst criminals, those who abused children and covered up the abuses, you use your voice. http://childrescuebill.org/Yoursupport/YourSupport.htm

      June 28, 2011 at 9:22 pm |
    • Stevie7

      To me, the real abuse is in the coverup. There was a decades-long worldwide systemic problem where church heirarchy knowingly covered up abuses, and even worse, knowingly shuffled predators around to different, unsuspecting parishes. I've yet to hear of any other religious organization (or any organization) where such widespread abuses were knowingly allowed to continue.

      And yes, claiming that other religions have their own issues is deflecting. Deal with your problems in house before trying to remove specks from others' eyes.

      June 28, 2011 at 9:23 pm |
    • Peter E

      Quoting Stevie:
      'Deal with your problems in house before trying to remove specks from others' eyes.'
      And that's different from what I've been saying how? I have been saying all along that YES, the Catholic Church needs to deal with the problem. But I have also been saying that child abuse is a much wider problem. Pointing fingers at only ONE perpetrator is counterproductive. You'd be excusing your own crimes while trying to blame others.
      The anti-Catholics here seem to think that ONLY the Catholic Church is to blame and that somehow they don't need to deal with the much wider problem much more widespread in society.

      June 28, 2011 at 9:28 pm |
    • Limbaugh is a liberal

      "And yes, claiming that other religions have their own issues is deflecting. Deal with your problems in house before trying to remove specks from others' eyes."
      Dude, I don't disagree with you, because I understand the point you're trying to make, but even you must realize how ironic those two sentences sound together. You really need to read over your posts before you give people the excuse to call you a hypocrite.

      June 28, 2011 at 9:39 pm |
    • Peter E

      Also, the claim that the Catholic Church is lobbying against giving justice to victims is demonstrataby false. They do NOT oppose criminal persecution of child abusers.
      The laws they have opposed are (and yes, you can look this up) the ones that single out the Catholic Church for those crimes: i.e. laws that punish ONLY Catholic clergy perpetrators of these hineous crimes, while not addressing these crimes for anyone else.
      These crimes should be persecuted to the extreme for EVERY perpetrators, not just singling out ONE perpetrator. The laws that only prosecute one perpetrator excuse other criminals. And THAT is what the Catholic Church opposes. And those are the facts you can look up!

      June 28, 2011 at 9:51 pm |
    • Noigiler

      Oh my. A classic apologist. The RCC, all the while spewing self-righteousness, plays a shell game moving pedophile priests around and declares a desire to weed them out only when their duplicity is revealed. And the best you can argue is, "Look, there are other pedophiles besides priests!" Well done.

      June 28, 2011 at 10:51 pm |
    • I prefer the truth

      There are no laws that single out the Catholic Church, that is truth. There are laws that preserve the rights of victims, expose pedophiles and cover ups. Those laws apply to all religions and organizations. The Catholic Church does pay lobbyist to stop those laws from passing. Why aren't these other organizations paying lobbyist to stop these laws, only the Catholic Church seems to be. That is with exception to a New Jersey Jewish school, they too lobby. However the Rabbis support this law and want it passed. Why are the Catholic Bishops against these laws? Is there more to hide?

      June 28, 2011 at 11:21 pm |
    • I prefer the truth

      This is not about si-ngling out, however 'si-ngling out' is just another deflection. In fact the church plays the victim now! That is pure childish behavior.

      June 28, 2011 at 11:38 pm |
    • Stevie7

      "And yes, claiming that other religions have their own issues is deflecting. Deal with your problems in house before trying to remove specks from others' eyes."
      Dude, I don't disagree with you, because I understand the point you're trying to make, but even you must realize how ironic those two sentences sound together. You really need to read over your posts before you give people the excuse to call you a hypocrite."
      There are no pedophiles in my house. So not sure what I would remove there. That was the point I was trying to make.

      June 29, 2011 at 7:18 am |
  12. Limbaugh is a liberal

    Let's see. The 'old-world,' 'conservative,' 'regressive' Catholic Church finally started tweeting. Hence it's 'proof' they are behind the times...
    That same Catholic Church also recognized that there is no conflict between religion and science, that the Biblical account of Creation is to be interpreted and there is no conflict with the Big Bang Theory or the Scientific Theory of Evoltuion and the Bible, and they even apologized for their persecution of Galileo and other thinkers whose ideas we now know to be true.

    Meanwhile the 'modern and enlightened' evangelicals in today's USA continue to reject scientific facts based not on observations but solely on their favorite political pundit's narrow interpretation of scripture and political ideology. Even when their ideology would have nothing to do with science and no conflict with science, they make one up anyway.

    Hm... so who is really behind the times...

    June 28, 2011 at 8:46 pm |
    • How silly

      They had no choice since they already looked foolish enough.

      June 28, 2011 at 8:59 pm |
    • How silly

      Let's not forget, the pope was the center of the universe and the sun revolved around the earth. Let's imprison those that disagreed with the catholic church. Let's also purify all with the inquisition. Too silly this religion. Too putrid.

      June 28, 2011 at 9:04 pm |
    • Peter E

      As opposed to the great all-holy perfect puritan protestants who outlawed the celebration of Christmas, and women speaking in public! (yes, you can look that up!)

      June 28, 2011 at 9:09 pm |
    • Stevie7

      You may want to go back and study your catechism. The RCC is all well and fine when it comes to evolution ... except where it concerns humans. The CC most definitely teaches that there was one male whose name was Adam and one woman whose name was Eve and that we are all descended from them. So yeah, science and religion mix perfectly well ... except for when they don't.

      June 28, 2011 at 9:10 pm |
    • How silly

      More than likely, where conditions were right, humans started popping up in regions. Yes, as plankton does. No two people started human existence. It was the limited thinking level of those who concocted the bible is all. They just didn't know enough is all.

      June 28, 2011 at 9:16 pm |
    • John Richardson

      Yes, the modern Catholic Church is relatively non-idiotic on matters of science when compared to much of protestantism. That's not saying much, but it is a fact.

      June 28, 2011 at 10:37 pm |
    • Stevie7

      "relatively non-idiotic"

      I love that phrase. And yeah, it is kind of like saying that my one-year-old is pretty good at math compared kids his age. He still can't count past 20, though.

      June 29, 2011 at 3:25 pm |
  13. Let's remove these videos

    Everyone, when you see a video posted – as below. Click on the 'Report Abuse' beneath it.

    June 28, 2011 at 8:29 pm |
    • Let's remove these videos

      gone,,, perfect.

      June 28, 2011 at 8:38 pm |
  14. Adevilson Silva

    OMFG little kid, do you want to play naked with me? LOL

    June 28, 2011 at 8:23 pm |
  15. buck

    The popes first tweet should have said, I am anti gay marriage but love covering up and hiding out pedophiles. god bless

    June 28, 2011 at 8:19 pm |
  16. Maire

    Cool! But I wish the pope had actually written the tweet himself, instead of just "clicking." I'm pretty sure he can speak English.

    June 28, 2011 at 8:13 pm |
  17. Marie Kidman


    June 28, 2011 at 8:10 pm |
  18. Noigiler

    As a Twitter user, the Pope has now proven that he and the Vatican are up-to-date with changing behavioral norms around the world. Kind of like a mass-murderer helping an old lady across the street and declaring he's no longer a menace to society.

    June 28, 2011 at 7:49 pm |
    • Maire

      Oh yeah. It's exactly like that.

      June 28, 2011 at 8:11 pm |
    • Let's remove these videos

      The pope is pure disgust.

      June 28, 2011 at 8:32 pm |
  19. HelpNewYorkExposePedos

    Please help expose the child abusers and those who cover it up, your voice is all we need. The catholic church is lobbying to stop this law. Senator John Defransisco, a catholic who gave a pedobishop a plaque praising him and paid for with our tax dollar, held it up in committee.


    June 28, 2011 at 7:46 pm |
  20. Jesus Tweets

    "I'm short on cash again. Cough up now or you burn in hell."

    June 28, 2011 at 7:41 pm |
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