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Pope Gets More Than 1 Million Twitter Followers After Sending His First 'Tweet'

Last edited 14th December 2012

Pope Benedict XVI is officially on Twitter under @Pontifex. In his first tweet, he says, 'I'm pleased to get in touch with you through Twitter. Thank you for your generous response. I bless all of you from my heart.' He has a total of eight accounts in different languages. Just moments after his first tweet, he had over a million followers.

In just minutes, his first tweet was 'retweeted' by more than 20,000 people. Of those, about 11,000 in English and about 4,000 in Spanish.

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