Vatican: In 9 Days, Pope Will Tweet

@Pontifex personal account to get off the ground next Wednesday

By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff

Posted Dec 3, 2012 7:23 AM CST

(Newser) – Get ready for one of Twitter's newer handles, @Pontifex, which belongs to none other than one Pope Benedict XVI. The pontiff doesn't plan on using it until Dec. 12, the Vatican revealed today, but come next Wednesday, he'll begin tweeting in six languages. His first tweets will take a Q&A format, with the Qs being questions about faith, reports the AP. It won't be Benedict's first foray into the 140-character world, as he sent a tweet last year announcing the launch of a Vatican news portal. A rep says the pontiff will tweet "as often as he wants," and he'll likely reach a sizable crowd: His tweetless account already claims 47,000 followers.

Pope Benedict XVI leaves at the end of a Vespers prayer in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012.
Pope Benedict XVI leaves at the end of a Vespers prayer in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012.   (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
In this June 28, 2011 file photo, 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.
In this June 28, 2011 file photo, 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.   (AP Photo/Osservatore Romano, File)
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