CNA: Pope Benedict will make Twitter debut with @pontifex

Below is an excerpt of an article on CNA about the upcoming launch of Pope Benedicts Twitter account in 12th December.

“The Pope’s Twitter account will be @pontifex and will start on Dec. 12, the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Vatican representatives announced.

The news of the 85-year-old tweeting came out weeks ago, but officials finally revealed the account’s name and that it will be launched on the Marian feast day, which they said was a coincidence.

But instead of informing people of his favourite band and other trivia, the Pope’s goal will be to impart spiritual messages to people around the globe.

Greg Burke, who was recently appointed media advisor to the Holy See’s Secretary of State, explained that the name was chosen because pontifex means both “Pope and bridge builder,” and the Holy Father desires to reach out to everyone with the initiative.

On Dec. 12, Pope Benedict will personally tweet, but after that assistants will tweet content he approves.

The Pope’s account is expected to be launched at around noon, after the weekly general audience, and the inaugural day will feature answers to a handful of chosen questions related to faith, in honour of the ongoing Year of Faith.

The account will include tweets in seven languages besides English. Those languages are Spanish, Arabic, German, Polish, French, Portuguese and Italian.”

By Estefania Aguirre

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