His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI (@Pontifex) has attracted 56,597 in the few hours he has joined Twitter.
He is due to send his first tweet on December 12. The Pontiff was shown how to use Twitter on an iPad last year in the Vatican City.
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Armed police have taken part in a dramatic training exercise aimed at recreating the chaos of a Paris-style terror attack.
After a remarkably mild November - a notable mild start to the new month.
The Facebook founder revealed the plan as he and wife Priscilla Chan announced the birth of their baby daughter, Max.