Pope Brings Twitter Closer to God:
Pope Benedict XVI will tweet regularly in eight languages from the account @pontifex starting Dec. 12, just in time for Christmas, the Vatican said on Monday.
"The first tweets will be answers to questions sent to the pope on matters of faith. The public can start sending them starting now," the Vatican said.
The account already has 2,435 followers, with numbers rising quickly immediately after the announcement. An introductory message read: "Welcome to the official Twitter page of His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI."
The tweets will be in Arabic, English, French, German, Italian, Polish, Portuguese and Spanish and more languages could be added in future.
"The pope's presence on Twitter is a concrete expression of his conviction that the Church must be present in the digital arena," the Vatican said in a statement. It added that Benedict wanted "to ensure that the good news of Jesus Christ and the teaching of his Church is permeating the forum of exchange and dialogue that is being created by social media".