It finally came on Tuesday. Pope first tweet was sent on Twitter. The first tweet from Pope Benedict XVI was sent from his new Apple iPad 2 device.
The Vatican had confirmed the inaugural message and also announced a new Vatican news and information site. “Dear Friends, I just launched News.va Praised be our Lord Jesus Christ! With my prayers and blessings,” The Pope first tweet read.
The portal was launched for the feast day of St. Peter and Paul, which falls on June 29 but officially begins with a vesper service June 28. The Vatican first entered the world of social media as it unveiled a Facebook page dedicated to the upcoming beatification of Pope John Paul II in March. “What we found is that Facebook doesn’t just share information, it creates community,” said Monsignor Paul Tighe, the No 2 in the Vatican’s social communications office. “People begin talking to each other and sharing ideas.”
The new site, rolled out first in English and Italian and then other languages, will be more news-based, bringing together onto one page the current disorganized web presence of Vatican media. “This is a beginning, in a simple way, of allowing the pope to interact with the questions of people and allowing people a direct form of access to the pope,” Tighe said. “With time we’ll see how different initiatives can develop, but the commitment, there is to interactivity, to engagement.”
Pope Benedict XVI is the 265th and current Pope, by virtue of his office of Bishop of Rome, the Sovereign of the Vatican City State and the head of the Roman Catholic Church. He was elected on 19 April 2005 in a papal conclave, celebrated his Papal Inauguration Mass on 24 April 2005, and took possession of his cathedral, the Basilica of St. John Lateran, on 7 May 2005. A native of Bavaria, Pope Benedict XVI has both German and Vatican citizenship.