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‘PONTIFEX’ HANDLE Pope Sends First Tweet Vincenzo Pinto, AFP / Getty Images

Pope Sends First Tweet

It’s official: the pope sent his first tweet Wednesday morning. “Dear friends, I am pleased to get in touch with you through Twitter,” Pope Benedict XVI tweeted. “Thank you for your generous response. I bless all of you with my heart.” He is expected to respond to messages later in the day. Despite having not sent a single tweet before Wednesday, the pope had already amassed more than a million followers since setting up the handle “Pontifex.”

December 12, 2012 4:00 PM