Pope Sends His First Tweet

Using an iPad, no less!
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 28, 2011 2:31 PM CDT
Pope Benedict XVI touches a touchpad to send a tweet for the launch of the Vatican news information portal "www.news.va", at the Vatican Tuesday, June 28, 2011.   (AP Photo/Osservatore Romano, HO, File)
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(Newser) – Catholicism has come into the 21st century: Pope Benedict tweeted for the first time today. "Dear Friends, I just launched News.va Praised be our Lord Jesus Christ! With my prayers and blessings, Benedictus XVI," he posted, referring to a new Vatican news portal. Even more impressive, the 84-year-old pontiff put the site online himself via iPad, the AP reports. He sent the tweet shortly thereafter.

The new portal—not to mention the Twitter account—is the Vatican's latest effort to evangelize to the new generation, and the pope is "clearly in awe at the new technology" and also "clearly enjoying it," says an official. (Read more pope stories.)

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