Benedict XVI sent his first Twitter message this week (June 28) to announce the launch of the new Vatican website. His first tweet — honouring the English language — said: “Dear Friends, I just
launched Praised be our Lord Jesus Christ! With my prayers and
blessings, Benedictus XVI.”

This video shows the Pope being instructed on the use of an iPad to send the tweet, and the big moment itself.

On the new Vatican website we learn that:

The portal… includes the best of our own Vatican Radio site, but also the latest news from the newspaper, l’Osservatore Romano, from the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, from VIS, the Vatican’s Information Service
and from the Misna missionary news agency. Available initially in
English and Italian, the new site uses some of the latest digital
technology to offer audio and video streaming, plus high quality images
and a twitter feed providing instant news headlines to smart phones and
other mobile devices.

Carolyn Moynihan

Carolyn Moynihan is the former deputy editor of MercatorNet