Pope Benedict tweets

Pope Benedict XVI touches an iPad to send a tweet for the launch of the Vatican news information portal "www.news.va," at the Vatican, Tuesday, June 28, 2011. Benedict's tweet reads: "Dear Friends, I just launched News.va Praised be our Lord Jesus Christ! With my prayers and blessings, Benedictus XVI''. The portal was launched for the feast day of St.Peter and Paul, which falls on June 29, but officially begins with a vesper service June 28.
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(CBS) - Yesterday, Pope Benedict XVI sent out his first tweet!

The Vatican is already on Facebook and YouTube, so we're not surprised. It's 2011, after all, and the Vatican is using new media to spread their message and keep their followers informed.

"For those who have been waiting impatiently for Rome to get its message act together, the announcement of the new portal intended to be an easy, up-to-date aggregate site for Vatican information, was a hopeful sign," says Faith & Reason blogger Cathy Lynn Grossman on USA Today.

It has been confirmed that the Pope used an iPad to fire out his first tweet ever. He said, "Dear Friends, I just launched NEWS.VA Praised be our Lord Jesus Christ! With my prayers and blessings, Benedictus XVI."

The multimedia portal that the Pope announced in his first tweet offers the latest news of the Vatican's media services and outreach for evangelization. Right now, you can check out the site in Italian and English, but other languages will be added later.

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