Did you hear? The pope’s on Twitter. That’s right, the veritable vanguard of God’s holy word writ live has taken to the tweetstream to—well, we’re not sure what he plans to do with it.
But he sure caused quite a stir, racking up 600,000 followers on his very first day, all of whom we can only assume waited with bated breath to hear—er, read—what His Holiness would beam across the interwebs, straight into their news streams.
“Dear friends,” the pope began his first tweet. “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.”
Blessings from the Pope via Twitter. Guess you can put your plans for a Vatican pilgrimage on hold. After all, who needs the trouble of an onerous cross-the-globe trek when you can get blessed right where you are via tweet?
Since that inaugural blessing, Pope Benedict XVI has offered short, humble encouragements to his followers every few days or so. By the way, the Pope’s handle is @pontifex. Just in case you want to, you know, follow along.