The pope's 5 most popular tweets
Benedict arrives to lead the Vesper prayer with members of Rome's universities in December 2012 at St. Peter's Basilica.
February 12th, 2013
05:49 AM ET

The pope's 5 most popular tweets

By Brandon Griggs, CNN

Assuming Pope Benedict XVI steps down as planned at the end of February, his tenure on Twitter will have been fleeting.

The pope has been active on the social-media platform for only two months. During that time he has sent just 34 tweets - 33 if you don't count one that corrected a typo in a previous message.

The spiritual leader of 1.2 billion Catholics stunned the world Monday with the news that he will resign February 28 "because of advanced age."

Most of the pope's messages to his 1.5 million followers have promoted Catholic doctrine and teachings, although he has also occasionally commented on current events, condemning violence in Nigeria and Syria. One tweet asked followers for suggestions on how to be more prayerful when "we are so busy with the demands of work, families and the world?"

The first Catholic pope to use Twitter, he tweets under the handle @Pontifex - meaning "bridge builder" in Latin.

- A. Hawkins

Filed under: Pope Benedict XVI • Technology

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  1. Badda Bing

    And now, here are the five best pope-tweets that the Vatican censors kept Popey from posting!

    1. "Everybody sing! Deutscheland, Deutscheland, uber alles . . "

    2. "Just because I look like a vampire and I burst into flames in direct sunlight, it doesn't mean . . . oh look! You are bleeding! Nummy!"

    3. "The world would be so much better if we just brought back the Inquisition."

    4. "The Hitler Youth was great! It's really a shame that we had to change our story on it."

    5. "Come into my room, little boy, and I will give you a "private audience". We'll play balls – I'll be the pitcher, and you be the catcher . . . "

    February 12, 2013 at 4:45 pm |
    • ..

      #6: "Hi, Douglas.

      February 12, 2013 at 6:22 pm |
  2. Gus

    Five most popular tweets rescued from the Papal Recycle Bin:
    5. I can haz youngboyz?
    4. The Fourth Reich has commenced!
    3. Party tonite in the boys room on third floor after Mass
    2. I quit. My butt hurts
    1. So long and thanks for all the fish.

    February 12, 2013 at 2:34 pm |
  3. Mohammad A Dar

    The best one is yet to come, I am free to live Earthly life, at last.

    February 12, 2013 at 12:38 pm |
  4. Fatak Baba

    The current pope is too frail. How about fat Newt Gingrich for pope? he is a inner enough to lead 1.30 billion ignorant sinners.

    February 12, 2013 at 11:12 am |
    • ..

      Gingy's got the girth, but he's an adulterous divorced dude. Will that matter?

      February 12, 2013 at 6:26 pm |
  5. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things

    February 12, 2013 at 7:28 am |
    • hal 9001

      I'm sorry, "Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things", but your repeated assertions regarding atheism and prayer are unfounded. Using my Idiomatic Expression Equivalency module (IEE), the expression that best matches the degree to which your repeated unfounded assertions may represent truths is: "EPIC FAIL".

      February 12, 2013 at 8:42 am |
    • 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 12, 2013 at 10:46 am |
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