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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"

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Pope's first tweet expected soon

The Pope is shown the Vatican's website on an iPad last year. Credit: Reuters

The Pope is expected to send his first tweet at 11am this morning.

The @Pontifex account was last week launched along with a series of sister accounts in other languages.

The Papal missive is expected to be despatched when the clock strikes 12 (Vatican City time) on 12/12/12.

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