No longer content with just poking you on Facebook, Pope Benedict has officially entered the world of Twitter. You might've missed the tweet seeing as how it didn't include "#trueblood" in it, but the infallible leader of the Catholic Church used his iPad yesterday to send off his very first 140-characters-or-less message, writing: "Dear Friends, I just launched News.va Praised be our Lord Jesus Christ! With my prayers and blessings, Benedictus XVI." Dude, the Pope tweeted that!
Of course, we already knew ol' Ratzinger's was a pretty hip bro. Remember that time he went behind his boss' back and gave gay guys permission to use condoms, even though he knows his boss doesn't approve of either gay guys or condoms? I know, I think we should call him Pope Radzinger too! And according to Time, that's all part of the Vatican's plan.
President of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, Archbishop Claudio Maria Celli, who was at the Pope's side for today's historic internet event, has advocated for an increased technological presence to keep the church socially relevant. The Vatican made similar advances when it launched a “Pope2You” app and a Facebook page for the beatification of the late Pope John Paul II.
That's cool, we guess — but if Vatican officials really want to impress the youngs, they're going to have to release some photos of the Pope planking.