The Pope will send his first tweet next Wednesday, December 12, the Vatican said. The first papal tweets will be answers to questions on faith sent to @Pontifex.
The tweets will be going out in Spanish, English, Italian, Portuguese, German, Polish, Arabic and French. Other languages will be added in the future. Greg Burke, senior media adviser to the Vatican said the tweets will be from the Pope himself:
The handle is a good one. It means 'pope' and it also means 'bridge builder' The pope wants to reach out to everyone. We are going to get a spiritual message. The pope is not going to be walking around with a Blackberry or an iPad and no one is going to be putting words into the pope's mouth. He will tweet what he wants to tweet
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