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VATICAN CITY - It's been a long time coming, but Pope Benedict XVI has finally graced the world with his first few tweets. Two weeks after establishing his Twitter handle, @Pontifex (Latin for "Pope") in eight different languages, he finally sent out some 140-character blessings Wednesday morning :

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.

— Benedict XVI (@Pontifex) December 12, 2012

How can we celebrate the Year of Faith better in our daily lives?

— Benedict XVI (@Pontifex) December 12, 2012

By speaking with Jesus in prayer, listening to what he tells you in the Gospel and looking for him in those in need

— Benedict XVI (@Pontifex) December 12, 2012

At the time of writing, 700,187 people were following his English-language account. The second most-followed language is Spanish with at least 215,991 followers. The smallest following is in Arabic with 8,281 followers.

@thomasherve14 via Twitter

Disappointed:

Well, after all that build up @pontifex has tweeted.Some dull religious nonsense. Not even a photo of his dinner. Doing Twitter wrong.

— Al Terry (@fudgecrumpet) December 12, 2012

Disappointed @pontifex"s 1st tweet not in Latin! Surely - "Carissimi: impetro in tactu in vobis per Twitter" :) #pope#schooldays

— Jon Williams(@WilliamsJon) December 12, 2012

A bit disappointed with the Pope's first tweet. After all that hype,I was expecting him to tell us who killed Biggie and Tupac.

— Jay.Jazzi (@JayJazzi) December 12, 2012

Ecstatic:

HEY @pontifex I JUST TWEET YOU AND THIS IS CRAZY, BUT HERE'S MY TUMBLR SO CALL ME MAYBE.

— Pete McVries (@PeteMcVries) December 12, 2012

@pontifex please follow me! You'll love to RT me... and BTW Merry Christmas!

— Alex Murashko (@AlexMurashko) December 12, 2012

OMG the Pope is tech-savvy! He is interacting with his followers! He just asked his first Twitter question!

— Miguel Lago (@jm_lago) December 12, 2012

@pontifex @mediaduemila Nella storia! Nel presente! Nel futuro! Con il primo tweet il #Papa è una persona digitale! Benvenuto, Santità!

— Antonio Irlando (@AntonioIrlando) December 12, 2012

In history! In the present! In the future! With his first tweet, the Pope is a digital person. Welcome, Holiness!

Whatever:

Dear CNN, the Pope making a twitter account is not news.

— Julia Lasagna (@fapnapkin) December 12, 2012

Snarky:

Thsi @pontifex is tweeting from an iPad. How materialistic of him.

— Ganju Patel (@shubHASHISH) December 12, 2012

“@pontifex: How can we celebrate the Year of Faith better in our daily lives?” - is the answer "bacon"?

— An.d.re (@AndreTheViking) December 12, 2012

@pontifex Or…you know…have a less confused and corrupted mythic belief system.

— Damien Walter (@damiengwalter) December 12, 2012

Pope only follows his own twitter accounts... and I thought some of you have problems

— Jimmy(@kariuki_njoroge) December 12, 2012

Pape @pontifex_fr sur Twitter: L"Église s'ouvre enfin à la technologie. Et le condom latex? On dit que ça peut sauver des vies en Afrique...

— Camille Grenier (@CamGrenier) December 12, 2012

the Pope @pontifex_fr on Twitter: The Church finally opens up to technology. And latex condoms? You know it could save lives in Africa...

Bro'ing it up with the Holy Father:

@pontifex Big up yuhself, Popie...JAH Guide and Protect.

— DJ Wayne (@DJWizzzle) December 12, 2012

@pontifex right on bro

— rsidney (@rdotsidney) December 12, 2012

@pontifex Wag1 g. U kool yeh?

— John McDonnell (@thewebsiteyep) December 12, 2012


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