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.
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: