Pope Benedict XVI leads on a spiritual course on Twitter and has invited everyone to follow him for daily inspiration during the 40 days of the Lenten season.
The Pope says that the time between Ash Wednesday and Easter is traditionally a time for many Christians to either give up a vice or favorite treat, or dedicate themselves to service of others during the season of penitence.
According to the Vatican Radio website, themes from Pope Benedict’s 2012 Lenten message will be sent on Twitter every day.
It’s an attempt to attract younger and more media-savvy users to the Church’s messages, the website says.
“Many of the key Gospel ideas are readily rendered in just 140 characters,” said Msgr Paul Tighe of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications.
The Pope tweets in multiple languages and started his Lenten messages Wednesday.
The Twitter site is www.twitter.com/Pope2YouVatican
There’s also a Pope2You website with an iPad, iPhone and Facebook application.