POSTED: Wednesday, December 12, 2012 - 12:00pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, December 12, 2012 - 8:11pm
Pope Benedict the 16th is tweeting, he sent his first tweet early Wednesday:
"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."
His Twitter handle, @Pontifex, means "bridge builder" in Latin, according to the Britannica Online Encyclopedia.
The pope followed up his first message with two more tweets within minutes.
"How can we celebrate the Year of Faith better in our daily lives?" asked one.
The answer: "By speaking with Jesus in prayer, listening to what he tells you in the Gospel and looking for him in those in need."
The pope already has close to 1 million followers. His account can be found here: https://twitter.com/Pontifex