Pope Benedict XVI, @Pontifex, blesses followers with first Twitter message
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Pope Benedict XVI blessed hundreds of thousands of followers Wednesday in his first Twitter message after joining the social network earlier this month.
"Dear friends, I am pleased to get in touch with you through Twitter," read the tweet, sent at the end of the Pontiff's weekly general audience. "Thank you for your generous response. I bless all of you from my heart," the 85-year-old pope wrote.
The English version of his account @Pontifex, Latin for Pontiff, had more than 750,000 followers as of 1:26 p.m. in Rome, Benedict's official Twitter page showed. The first papal tweet was also sent through his Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, German, Polish and Arabic accounts.
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This is not the first time Benedict has reached out to cyberspace in an effort to attract young people to the Church.