The Pope's first tweets

Benedict XVI uses his new social media platform to send out predictable blessings and advice

By Natasha Lennard
December 12, 2012 7:56PM (UTC)
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Pope Benedict XVI's Twitter profile photo (via @pontifex)

After some small furor over news that the Pope planned to launch a personal Twitter account, the pontiff's first tweets, which appeared Wednesday, were predictable and uncontroversial. His first tweet included a general blessing, while the following four advised his 700,000-plus followers how to uphold faith and serve Jesus -- predictable Pope fare.

As of yet, the fact of the 85-year-old Pope -- the prince of the centuries-old Vatican -- taking to Twitter remains more interesting than the content of his feed.


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Natasha Lennard is an assistant news editor at Salon, covering non-electoral politics, general news and rabble-rousing. Follow her on Twitter @natashalennard, email

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