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Pope Benedict XVI Enters the Twitterverse, Gently

By Melony Roy

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) -- The wait is over, and we finally have the first words of Twitter wisdom from Pope Benedict XVI.

The pontiff tweeted his first three messages from an iPad this morning to more than one million followers.

The first 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."

He then followed up with two more tweets, one of which asked, "How can we celebrate the Year of Faith better in our daily lives?," and the other answering, "By speaking with Jesus in prayer, listening to what he tells you in the Gospel and looking for him in those in need."

According to the Vatican, papal tweets will, from here on out, be typed and sent by assistants, but written with Benedict's guidance.

You can follow Pope Benedict XVI on twitter @Pontifex, which translates as "high priest" or "bridge builder."



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