Pope’s first tweet

Pope's first tweet

Pope Benedict XVI posts his first tweet using an iPad tablet after his Wednesday general audience in Paul VI’s Hall at the Vatican December 12, 2012.

It read: “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.”

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 @pontifex neared, the pope had garnered nearly 1 million followers in the eight languages of his account.

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