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Pope Benedict tweets, blesses followers

Posted on Dec 12, 07:52PM | IBNS

Pope Benedict XVI moved into a new digital arena as he posted his first Twitter message on Wednesday.

Using his personal Twitter handle named @Pontifex, the Pope blessed his followers and said he was pleased to get in touch with people through the popular micro-blogging site.

"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," the Pope tweeted on his main English-language account.

He posted two more tweets after his first message.

"How can we celebrate the Year of Faith better in our daily lives?" he said.

"By speaking with Jesus in prayer, listening to what he tells you in the Gospel and looking for him in those in need," he tweeted.

As many as 726,000 people are following the Pope's main account in English.

Large number of people are also following his Arabic, French, German, Italian, Polish, Portuguese and Spanish accounts.

The Pope posted the Twitter messages at the end of his weekly general audience, reports said.

Roman Catholic Church, largest of the Christian denominations with about 1.2 billion adherents, is headed by the Pope and headquartered in Vatican.