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And Now the Pope Will Tweet…

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This was the announcement made to his holiness’ general audience shortly before being presented with and iPad and sending out his very first tweet to his followers worldwide.

“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,”

This is first tweet from Pope Benedict XVI, which was retweeted 24,000 times so far.  With 911,914 followers for the English account (he has different accounts i.e. @pontifex-it for Italian and @pontifex-es for Spanish) he has managed to generate a great deal of buzz.  So, does this mean that Catholicism is now cool?  Has it become modern?  Certainly, through the use of the most immediate and modern means of communicating, the age-old institution has taken a major leap forward when it comes to communicating with its followers.  Still, one must wonder if perhaps it removes some of the mystery and romanticism from the religion.  No doubt, followers having this immediate connection with the Pope is a great tool for the Vatican.  Only time will tell as to its effectiveness in filling the pews.

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