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Pope tweets for the first time, blesses millions of followers

Dec 12, 2012 16:49 IST

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Vatican City: The pope has tweeted.

In perhaps the most drawn out Twitter launch ever, Pope Benedict XVI pushed the button on a tablet brought to him at the end of his general audience Wednesday.

Screengrab of the Pope's page on Twitter. Image courtesy: Twitter

Later in the day he was to respond to a few messages sent to him from around the world.

As the countdown to his first tweet from his Twitter handle (at)Pontifex neared, the pope had garnered nearly 1 million followers in the eight languages of his account.

And here is his first tweet: