What better day to do it than 12/12/12?
Pope Benedict XVI addressed
his more than 838,000 Twitter followers today for the first time,
posting five messages in the early morning hours.
"Dear friends, I am pleased to get in touch with you through Twitter," he wrote in his first message via @Pontifex. "Thank you for your generous response. I bless all of you from my heart."
The 85-year-old religious leader officially joined
the micro-blogging service early this month, planning to answer
questions about faith from those who use the hashtag #AskPontifex.
His Holiness will tweet in eight languages from eight different feeds,
including English, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, French, German, Polish,
and Arabic. Hours after the Vatican's Dec. 3 announcement, the Pope
already had more than 171,000 followers on his English account alone.