Pope sends first tweet

The Pope's new Twitter account sent its first ever tweet at 10.30am this morning:

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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.

The message was retweeted over 6,000 times within ten minutes.

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Pope sends first tweet

Pope Benedict XVI has sent his first tweet, telling his followers he was "pleased to get in touch with you through Twitter"