Within minutes of gaining his one-millionth Twitter follower, this morning Pope Benedict XVI sent the first ever papal tweet:
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.
— Benedict XVI (@Pontifex) December 12, 2012
The Pope, who tweets as @pontifex, quickly followed with four more messages, including answers to questions sent in under the #askpontifex hashtag. The whole effort is a ringing endorsement for Catholic new media and should speak volumes to the world about the Church’s view of technology.
(HT: Rocco Palmo)