Pope Benedict XVI has finally broken his Twitter silence on his @Pontifex account, and has sent out his first tweet to the masses:
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
He sent out the same message across each of his seven other accounts, set up to bridge language barriers with his followers. The Pope has over one million followers across his English, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Polish, Italian, French and Arabic accounts.
Since sending that first tweet at 2:28 AM, the Pope has sent out more messages to his followers, posing questions about religion and sharing his thoughts on faith.
While Pope Benedict XVI's Twitter message was what many would have expected, he's a little late to the Twitter game compared to some of his fellow world religious leaders.
When the Dalai Lama joined Twitter, he used the platform as a sort of venue for a press release:
His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Los Angeles - 21 February 2010 http://bit.ly/cRGXyr
— Dalai Lama (@DalaiLama) February 22, 2010
In a similar fashion, the outgoing Archbishop of Canterbury posted a video he had created for World AIDS Day back in 2009:
— Lambeth Palace (@lambethpalace) December 1, 2009
Since the Archbishop's first tweet, he's stayed on top of social media, using Twitter to share his feelings about the decision not to ordain women as bishops, to plans to live-tweet his sermon on Christmas Eve.
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Lord Sacks, Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregation of the British Commonwealth, has been an active Twitter user since he joined, sharing photos like this one from events he has attended:
— Rabbi Sacks (@chiefrabbi) October 10, 2011
Perhaps Pope Benedict XVI will take a cue from some of these men, and we can look forward to 'Behind the Vatican' photos and videos of the Pope at work?
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