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.

- CNN Belief Blog

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soundoff (83 Responses)
  1. kevobx

    For the time is at hand? *Ezekiel 21:21 For the king of Babylon stood at the parting of the way, to use divination: *Psalm 109:6 Set thou a wicked man over him: and let Satan stand at his right hand. *Ezekiel 21:22 At his right hand was the divination for Jerusalem,.. *Ezekiel 21:23 And it shall be unto them as a false divination in their sight, to them that have sworn oaths: *Hebrews 7:21 (For those priests were made without an oath; but this with an oath by him that said unto him, The Lord sware and will not repent, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec:) (The Lord will repent himself read *Deut 32:36) *Genesis 6:6 And it repented the Lord that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart. *Ezekiel 21:24 because I say, that ye are come to remembrance, ye shall be taken with the hand. (*Genesis 13:9 answers Matthew 25:41*)

    December 12, 2012 at 3:51 pm |
    • Honey Badger Dont Care

      I can quote nonsensical bible quotes too.

      “If a man’s testicIes are crushed or his pe nis is cut off, he may not be admitted to the assembly of the Lord.”
      –Deuteronomy 23

      “All right,” the Lord said. “You may bake your bread with cow dung instead of human dung.”
      –Ezekiel 4:12-15

      December 12, 2012 at 4:59 pm |
    • Chick-a-dee

      @ Honey: You're supposed to figure out the conspiracy and find the hidden message.

      December 12, 2012 at 5:16 pm |
  2. Tell the Truth

    Human Evolution (1 of 2)

    December 12, 2012 at 2:36 pm |
    • { ! }

      If evolution is the entire story, seems each species would be content with its own station in nature. Man never is.
      On its own, evolution should be able to produce a creature who knows how to live on this planet. Humans have separated themselves from nature: pollution, global warming, cities, genetically engineered food that gives us diabetes, etc.
      Evolution should produce a creature whose purpose is to survive: humanity's "best and brightest" keep finding ways to threaten its survival, i.e. the scientific and technological advances of the 17th and 18th centuries were turned into the meat grinder of WW1, Marie Curie and Oppenheimer gave us nuclear terror. Humans have evolved – into freaks.

      Humanity has evolved into a freak.

      December 12, 2012 at 4:39 pm |
  3. E101

    Scientists have unearthed the first direct signs of cheesemaking, at a site in Poland that dates back 7,500 years.

    December 12, 2012 at 2:25 pm |
    • Badda Bing

      So cheese existed 2000 years before God made the universe? That would explain why God didn't say "Let there be cheese."

      December 12, 2012 at 2:45 pm |
    • sam

      It's left over from when the moon was made.

      December 12, 2012 at 2:52 pm |
    • Apple Bush

      I can't wait to slice me off a hunk of that green cheese!

      When I'm slow on the draw and I need somthin' to chaw, I hanker for a hunk a cheese!
      When my ten gallon hats a feeling five gallans flat, I've got somethin' planned which is, little cheese sandwhiches!
      When my get up and go has got up and went, I hanker for a hunk a cheese!
      When I'm dancin' a hoe down and my boots kinda slow down, or any time I'm week in the knees...
      I hanker for a hunk a, a slab or slice or chunk a, I hanker for a hunk a cheese!

      December 12, 2012 at 3:00 pm |
    • sam

      Now I'm having a flashback

      And need some cheese.

      December 12, 2012 at 3:02 pm |
    • Russ


      December 12, 2012 at 3:26 pm |
    • Akira

      Blessed Are The Cheesemakers.

      December 12, 2012 at 4:31 pm |
  4. The Truth

    Is it just me or is that Lloyd Bridges in the photo?...

    December 12, 2012 at 2:22 pm |
    • Pope Benedict von Fatherland

      Don't call him Shirley.

      December 12, 2012 at 2:24 pm |
  5. kevobx

    The Holy Spirit, do you tests the spirits, prove all things? *2nd John 2:9 Whosoever trangresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hast not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son. *Luke 12:12 For the Holy Ghost shall teach you in the same hour what ye ought to say.

    December 12, 2012 at 2:11 pm |
    • The truthier gospel

      "There shall, in that time, be rumours of things going astray, erm, and there shall be a great confusion as to where things really are, and nobody will really know where lieth those little things wi– with the sort of raffia work base that has an attachment. At this time, a friend shall lose his friend's hammer and the young shall not know where lieth the things possessed by their fathers that their fathers put there only just the night before, about eight o'clock. Yea, it is written in the book of Cyril that, in that time, shall the third one... " Python 3:21-68,347

      December 12, 2012 at 2:22 pm |
    • Akira

      Tell me about your Life, Brian.

      December 12, 2012 at 4:37 pm |
  6. kevobx

    Sleep sleep it's so unique? *1st Thessalonians 3:13 But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. *Isaiah 43:8 Bring forth the blind people that have eyes, and the deaf that have ears. Luke 22:45 And when he arose up from prayer, and was come to his disciples, he found them sleeping for sorrow, *2nd Corinthians 7:10 but the sorrow of the world worketh death. *Jeremiah 2:36 Why gaddest thou so much to change thy way? thou also shalt be ashamed of Egypt, as thou wast ashamed of Assyria.

    December 12, 2012 at 1:51 pm |
  7. Popeferatu Ratz

    Can I burn heretics at the stake with this thing?

    December 12, 2012 at 1:44 pm |
  8. SeanNJ

    Can't wait for one of his IT staff to forget to switch accounts and tweet a video of a friend's bachelor party under the pope's handle.

    December 12, 2012 at 1:30 pm |
  9. kevobx

    It is against the law to tell the truth, ask any lawyer? Christ gave us promises, but the world forgot about his accomplishments, why? No man glorifies the Most High, they rather praise men instead as god. Divine is Satan, him even strange, working miracles. *Psalm 81:15 The haters of the Lord should have submitted themselves unto him: What are your expectations again? *Isaiah 20:5-6 And they shall be afraid and ashamed of Ethiopia their expectation, and of Egypt their glory. And the inhabitant of this isle shall say in that day, Behold, such is our expectation, whither we flee for help to be delivered from the king of Assyria: and how shall we escape? (*Amos 9:7*)

    December 12, 2012 at 1:17 pm |
  10. Reality

    Too little, too late as all the tweets in the world will not put B16's church back together again.

    Some 21st century observations:

    Only for the new members of this blog:

    JC's family and friends had it right 2000 years ago ( Mark 3: 21 "And when his friends heard of it, they went out to lay hold on him: for they said, He is beside himself.")

    Said passage is one of the few judged to be authentic by most contemporary NT scholars. e.g. See Professor Ludemann's conclusion in his book, Jesus After 2000 Years, p. 24 and p. 694.

    Actually, Jesus was a bit "touched". After all he thought he spoke to Satan, thought he changed water into wine, thought he raised Lazarus from the dead etc. In today's world, said Jesus would be declared legally insane.

    Or did P, M, M, L and J simply make him into a first century magic-man via their epistles and gospels of semi-fiction? Many contemporary NT experts after thorough analyses of all the scriptures go with the latter magic-man conclusion with J's gospel being mostly fiction.

    Obviously, today's followers of Paul et al's "magic-man" are also a bit on the odd side believing in all the Christian mumbo jumbo about bodies resurrecting, and exorcisms, and miracles, and "magic-man atonement, and infallible, old, European/Utah white men, and 24/7 body/blood sacrifices followed by consumption of said sacrifices. Yummy!!!!

    So why do we really care what a first century CE, illiterate, long-dead, preacher/magic man or B16 would tweet, do or say?

    December 12, 2012 at 12:55 pm |
  11. Bob

    Why doesn't god tweet for himself? Oh right! He doesn't exist outside of the minds of the delusional.

    This holiday season, keep the merry but dump the myth.

    December 12, 2012 at 12:48 pm |
    • Apple bush

      God would tweet himself if he could reach it.

      December 12, 2012 at 1:04 pm |
  12. $$$$$$$$$$$$$

    Pauline avibella 425m-year-old fossil 'a new species' .
    Adam and Eve's fossils, anyone find them ?

    December 12, 2012 at 12:01 pm |
  13. $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

    Pauline avibella 425m-year-old fossil 'a new species' from bbc news.
    Have they found fossils of Adam and Eve ??
    No farm animals ??

    December 12, 2012 at 11:58 am |
  14. Pen your Caption for the Pope


    December 12, 2012 at 11:25 am |
    • Pen your Caption for the Pope

      Click here...click...no, right here...see you just. Ok, wait. Just...see this button right here? Just click it. Right there, no....

      Pope, "ahh!"

      December 12, 2012 at 11:32 am |
    • 0G-No gods, ghosts, goblins or ghouls

      "Dov'è il gratta e annusa?"

      December 12, 2012 at 11:34 am |
    • Apple Bush

      OG, lol

      December 12, 2012 at 11:36 am |
    • Guy

      "No, we shouldn't ask them to send Peter's Pence on the first mesaage, Benny, maybe next time."

      December 12, 2012 at 11:45 am |
    • Akira


      December 12, 2012 at 1:17 pm |
    • Popeferatu Ratz

      "This is so exciting! Those naked boys on that screen, and your fingers look just like . . . "

      December 12, 2012 at 1:43 pm |
    • Chick-a-dee

      E 'in mutande, 0G.

      December 12, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
  15. Honey Badger Dont Care

    Great, now I have to get a twitter account just so that I can fvck with the guy in the dress and pointy hat.

    December 12, 2012 at 11:24 am |
    • Apple Bush

      The only Twitter responses the Pope will ever see are the two or three hand picked for him by his handlers and they will be softballs.

      "You are so cool Pope, what are you reading right now?"

      December 12, 2012 at 11:27 am |
    • 0G-No gods, ghosts, goblins or ghouls

      And then the handlers will prevent him from replying "Kiddy pix!"

      December 12, 2012 at 11:30 am |
  16. ReigionIsBS

    "Ouch, not so much teeth you little bugger"

    December 12, 2012 at 11:18 am |
  17. 0G-No gods, ghosts, goblins or ghouls

    Come on – we all know they're staring at kiddy poRNA!

    December 12, 2012 at 11:08 am |
    • Honey Badger Dont Care

      I have to agree with you on this one.

      December 12, 2012 at 11:24 am |
  18. Apple Bush

    All of the above with the single finger typers trying to help.

    December 12, 2012 at 11:03 am |
    • Apple Bush

      Meant for MAD

      December 12, 2012 at 11:03 am |
    • Mohammad A Dar

      AB, on construction site, people made a joke, how many engineers do you need to change a bulb? You can ask pope the same thing, how many cardinals does he need to send a tweet? lol!

      December 12, 2012 at 1:12 pm |
  19. Mohammad A Dar

    sorry but my initial impression of the photograph was......... couple of guys were playing planchette, calling spirit of GOD

    December 12, 2012 at 10:56 am |
    • Akira

      That ouija is some bad mojo.
      It can let some nasty things in.
      Oh, wait...

      December 12, 2012 at 2:19 pm |
  20. Apple Bush

    OMG, that photograph is exactly how I imagined it! LOL

    December 12, 2012 at 10:49 am |
    • Mohammad A Dar

      you mean confused, scared, pleased?

      December 12, 2012 at 10:53 am |
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