Last week Pope Benedict sent his first tweet using his account @pontifex. A video of the event is making the rounds, and it struck me as both significant and humorous. It’s certainly a milestone to see the church adopting new media. It’s also funny to watch Benedict’s handlers treating an iPad like a sacred object, and applauding as the papal index finger touches the screen. The Pope doesn’t know his way around an iPad yet. It looks to me like he missed the “Send” button. An aide had to send the Tweet for him.
In English, the Pope said “Dear friends, I am pleased to get in touch with you through Twitter. Thank you for your generous response. I bless all of you from my heart.” (Click here to watch the video on YouTube.)