Pope joins tweeting masses with Pontifex handle

  • Pope Benedict XVI arrives to celebrate a Vespers prayer in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)Pope Benedict XVI arrives to celebrate a Vespers prayer in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
  • Pope Benedict XVI presses a touchpad to send a tweet for the launch of the Vatican news information portal www.news.va at the Vatican on Tuesday, June 28, 2011. (AP Photo/Osservatore Romano) Pope Benedict XVI presses a touchpad to send a tweet for the launch of the Vatican news information portal www.news.va at the Vatican on Tuesday, June 28, 2011. (AP Photo/Osservatore Romano)
  • Father Federico Lombardi (left), the Vatican's spokesman, and Vatican communications adviser Greg Burke present Pope Benedict XVI's Twitter Web page (top right) to journalists at the Vatican Press Hall on Monday, Dec. 3, 2012. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)Father Federico Lombardi (left), the Vatican's spokesman, and Vatican communications adviser Greg Burke present Pope Benedict XVI's Twitter Web page (top right) to journalists at the Vatican Press Hall on Monday, Dec. 3, 2012. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
  • The Pope Benedict XVI Twitter Web page is displayed on a screen during its official presentation at the Vatican Press Hall on Monday, Dec. 3, 2012. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)The Pope Benedict XVI Twitter Web page is displayed on a screen during its official presentation at the Vatican Press Hall on Monday, Dec. 3, 2012. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
  • Pope Benedict XVI leads a Vespers prayer in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)Pope Benedict XVI leads a Vespers prayer in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
  • Pope Benedict XVI waves to the faithful during the Angelus prayer he delivered from his studio window overlooking St. Peter's Square at the Vatican on Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia) Pope Benedict XVI waves to the faithful during the Angelus prayer he delivered from his studio window overlooking St. Peter's Square at the Vatican on Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

The Vatican decided against using a personal Facebook page for the pope because they thought it was too personal an interaction and would require more manpower to keep updated.

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