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Pope Benedict XVI has launched an official Twitter

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The Papacy has joined The Twitter.

Pope Benedict XVI has launched an official Twitter account. But those looking for additional spiritual insight will have to wait until Dec. 12 when he’ll compose his first tweet.

Going with the handle @pontifex, the account currently has 148,402 followers and and follows seven other accounts –  the same accounts as his in different languages.

The 85-year-old is catching onto Twitter lingo quite quickly. Reportedly, he will be hosting a Q&A to kick things off, and his followers – in the technological sense, not the original religious sense – can submit questions using hashtag #askpontifex.

The Catholic Church has gotten decidedly more 21-century lately as the Pope also has a YouTube channel. He does not have a GIF-filled Tumblr, though.

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