Pope Benedict XVI entered the twitterverse yesterday with his very first iPad tweet:
“Dear Friends, I just launched News.va Praised be our Lord Jesus Christ! With my prayers and blessings, Benedictus XVI,”
For anyone wondering, News.va is the Vatican’s new online Vatican news organization.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â The Pope, unlike the Dalai Lama, does not have a personal Twitter account, as of yet, but uses the Vatican’s official Tweet feed (@news_va_en).Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â As of this post, it has close to 47,000 followers.
You may think it strange for such a religious figure to use Twitter, but in his May 2010 message for World Communication Day, Pope Benedict XVI encouraged priests to use social media:
“Using new communication technologies, priests can introduce people to the life of the Church and help our contemporaries to discover the face of Christ…They will best achieve this aim if they learn, from the time of their formation, how to use these technologies in a competent and appropriate way.”
Hey, if he could learn how to use it, more power to him.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â Check out a video below of the Pope learning how to use his iPad: