Pope Benedict XVI to have his own personal Twitter account

He is not expected to personally write every message, but he will authorise
them before they are sent out by Vatican aides.

“Naturally he will approve every message,” said Archbishop Claudio
Maria Celli, the president of the Pontifical Council.

Exactly when the Pope’s account will be opened still had to be decided, said
Federico Lombardi, the Vatican spokesman, although he said “the green
light” for the project had been given.

The Vatican already has a Twitter presence, @Pope2YouVatican, which Benedict
XVI is using to send a tweet once a day throughout the 40 days of Lent,
starting on Ash Wednesday.

“The idea was very simply to try and use Twitter to share with people the
essence of the Pope’s message for Lent, so over the 40 days of Lent to tweet
every day one of the ideas of this message,” Msgr Tighe said.

The 84-year-old
pontiff sent out his first ever tweet in June last year
, when he
announced the launch of a new Vatican website, www.news.va.

Vatican officials said he was “in awe” of the technology as he
tapped his finger on an iPad to launch the new portal, which brings together
Vatican radio, television, print and online news material.

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