His holiness will be learning a new language, he announced today. This new language? Twitter.
Pope Benedict XVI announced his official personal twitter account today, under the name @Pontifex.
“It’s going to be a challenge to find the appropriate language to produce a sweet, short message and to learn the fluency of the language,” said Monsignor Paul Tighe, an Irish priest who is the secretary of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications according to the Christian Science Monitor.
San Francisco-based Twitter wrote an excited blog post about acquiring a holy member to their dance card called “Welcome, Pope Benedict XVI!” Twitter’s Manager of Social Innovation Diaz-Ortiz wrote,
“Perhaps not surprisingly, we see a very high level of engagement with religious and spiritual content.”
According to Twitter’s website, The Vatican will give people a a chance to ask questions using the hashtag #AskPontifex while the Vatican staff will answer in a live tweet starting Dec. 12.
Cool with me. I have a lot of questions for the big guy upstairs.
According to Bloomberg News, the Pope is not estranged from new technology.
His holiness used an iPad to tweet a non-personal Vatican account message: “Dear Friends, I just launched News.va. Praised be our Lord Jesus Christ! With my prayers and blessings, Benedictus XVI.”
The 85-year-old already surpassed 200,000 followers in his first several hours of existence, but no holy tweets yet. Probs still talking to God.