Pope Benedict XVI's Twitter adventure got off to a shaky start today as Vatican TV images appeared to show him fail his first attempt at tweeting.
The pope, who still writes his speeches by hand, seemed to have pressed too hard on his Papal iPad and the tweet was not immediately sent. Luckily an adviser was on hand to assist.
Archbishop Claudio Maria Celli of the Vatican's communications department showed the pontiff how to do it, but the pope hesitated. Celli then touched the screen lightly himself and off went the tweet:
The tweet was sent at the end of weekly general audience in the Vatican before thousands of people.
The pope already had just over a million followers in all of the languages combined minutes before he sent his first tweet and the number was growing.
ITV News Correspondent Paul Davies reports:
After the audience was over and the television cameras turned off, the pontiff answered the first of three questions sent to him at #askpontifex.
The first question answered by the pope was:
The pope, who, as leader of the Roman Catholic Church already has 1.2 billion followers in the standard sense of the word, won't be following anyone else, the Vatican has said.
It added that the contents of future tweets will come primarily from the contents of his weekly general audience, Sunday blessings and homilies on major Church holidays.
They are also expected to include reaction to major world events, such as natural disasters.