Pope Benedict XVI sent out his first tweets today on Twitter. The Twitter account, @pontifex, which was announced Dec. 3 by the Holy See Press Office, is being used as a way for the Holy Father to communicate with the faithful and answer their questions on faith.
The Pope's first tweet, sent via iPad immediately after his weekly General Audience, thanked followers and imparted his blessing. "Dear friends, 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," the tweet stated.
According to a communique from the Holy See Press Office, the Holy Father was assisted in sending out the tweet by Thaddeus Jones, a representative of the Pontifical Council for Social Communication, and Claire Díaz-Ortiz, director of Social Innovation for Twitter. Also present were two students from the University of Villanova who currently work at the Pontifical Council for Social Communication, Mika Rabb and Andrew Jadick, as well as Mexican journalist Katia Lopez-Hodoyan.
The first papal tweet was sent out in various languages from their respective papal Twitter account.