- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 26, 2013

Twitter’s got nothing on Jesus Christ.

That was the thrust of a message from one Vatican cardinal who commented that the savior of Christian faithful was really the first and foremost when it came to encapsulating powerful messages in short-form.

His messages were both “brief” and “full of meaning,” said Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, at a Wednesday conference reported by United Press International.


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Christ actually “used tweets before everyone else, with elementary phrases made up of fewer than 45 characters like ‘Love one another,’ ” he said. “A bit like in television today, he delivered a message through a story or a symbol.”

The Vatican is in active growth-mode for its online presence. So far, the pope’s claimed three million followers on Twitter — and counting. And Vatican officials don’t just want others in the Church to follow suit — they demand it.

“If a cleric, a pastor is not interested in communication, they are defying their duty,” Mr. Ravasi said, in UPI.