1. ‘PONTIFEX’ HANDLE

    Pope Sends First Tweet

    Pope Benedict XVI clicks on a tablet to send his first twitter message during his weekly general audience on December 12, 2012 at the Paul VI hall at the Vatican. Pope Benedict XVI sent his first Twitter message from a digital tablet on Wednesday using the handle @pontifex, blessing his hundreds of thousands of new Internet followers. AFP PHOTO / VINCENZO PINTO        (Photo credit should read VINCENZO PINTO/AFP/Getty Images)

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    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.”

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