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Pope joins Twitter; @Pontifex handle is Latin for 'pope'
abc ^ | Dec 3, 2012 | ap

Posted on 12/03/2012 12:08:13 PM PST by Berlin_Freeper

(VATICAN CITY) -- Benedict XVI, the pope known for his hefty volumes of theology, is now trying brevity - spreading the faith through his own Twitter account.

The pontiff will tweet in eight languages starting Dec. 12 using his personal handle @Pontifex, responding live to questions about faith during his weekly general audience, the Vatican said Monday.

Within six hours of the Vatican's announcement, Benedict had already garnered nearly 150,000 followers on the English version of (at)Pontifex alone, with thousands more following him in the eight other language accounts.

All that, and he hadn't even sent a single tweet.

He may never hit 1 billion faithful that the Catholic Church counts around the globe, but he's odds-on to get 1 million followers by the end of the year, British bookmakers Ladbrokes said.

(Excerpt) Read more at abclocal.go.com ...


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@Pontifex
1 posted on 12/03/2012 12:08:21 PM PST by Berlin_Freeper
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To: NYer; Salvation

ping


2 posted on 12/03/2012 12:09:33 PM PST by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Berlin_Freeper

@Pedophile and @SanduskyFan were already taken...


3 posted on 12/03/2012 12:17:19 PM PST by TSgt (...voters discover that they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury.)
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To: TSgt

Seek help sicko.


4 posted on 12/03/2012 12:20:30 PM PST by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Really. Like he’s got the time or interest.

What he does have is communications staff to make this appear credible.

The church is trying really hard to appear relevant to the young’uns.


5 posted on 12/03/2012 12:24:18 PM PST by warchild9 (I have GOT to update my profile!!!)
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To: Berlin_Freeper
I'm not the one who let this serial pedophile walk. Ratzinger did...

6 posted on 12/03/2012 12:24:33 PM PST by TSgt (...voters discover that they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury.)
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To: warchild9

The article states all tweets will be approved by the Pope, that’s credible.


7 posted on 12/03/2012 12:28:48 PM PST by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Berlin_Freeper
Alert me when he gets a Free Republic account.

Or maybe he will follow Jesus and deal with the lepers , prostitutes and tax collectors at Dummycratic Underground. I bet he would be shaking the dust off his sandals in 30 seconds.

8 posted on 12/03/2012 12:29:18 PM PST by KarlInOhio (Big Bird is a brood parasite: laid in our nest 43 years ago and we are still feeding him.)
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To: TSgt

Not really sicko.


9 posted on 12/03/2012 12:30:12 PM PST by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Pontifex means pope? So, when Gaius Julius Caesar was named Pontifex Maximus in 64 BC, he was the Greatest Pope?

I thought that the derivation of Pope came from Pape, meaning father.


10 posted on 12/03/2012 12:31:07 PM PST by bagman
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To: KarlInOhio

The Pope has his calling and fulfills his role for The Lord.


11 posted on 12/03/2012 12:32:56 PM PST by Berlin_Freeper
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To: bagman
Pontifex was chosen because it not only means pope in Latin, but also bridge-builder, suggesting unity.
Maybe he was the Greatest bridge-builder.
12 posted on 12/03/2012 12:37:50 PM PST by Berlin_Freeper
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To: TSgt

I follow you. Don’t you go by @nticatholic?


13 posted on 12/03/2012 12:39:55 PM PST by Carpe Cerevisi
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To: Carpe Cerevisi; TSgt

@sicko was taken.


14 posted on 12/03/2012 12:41:36 PM PST by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Berlin_Freeper

I could see where Facebook would have been a problem...He’s the Pope..He’d have to accept ALL friend request. And what would happen if the Pope “Unfriended” you? Could be disastrous.


15 posted on 12/03/2012 12:46:16 PM PST by NW Wash Engr
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To: bagman
So, when Gaius Julius Caesar was named Pontifex Maximus in 64 BC, he was the Greatest Pope?

Pontifex Maximus? Sounds like a brand of condoms....

16 posted on 12/03/2012 12:47:05 PM PST by Veggie Todd (Eat Mor Chikin)
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To: NW Wash Engr
Reminds me how the @SecretService doesn't follow anyone.

That's one follow-back I can do without!

17 posted on 12/03/2012 12:55:05 PM PST by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Berlin_Freeper
Actually pater is the Latin for "Pope"

Pontifex is the Latin for Washington Augustus Roebling.

18 posted on 12/03/2012 12:56:50 PM PST by Oztrich Boy (By doubting we come to inquiry, and through inquiry we perceive truth. -; Peter Abelard)
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To: bagman
You are correct. Pope is the English corruption of Papa which is probably from the vulgate and not the classical Latin of the emperors.

Pontifex was a title for the priests of the pagan Romans. I think the emperor took for himself the title Pontifex Maximus--chief bridge-builder.

With the triumph of Christianity over paganism, the bishops of Rome lay claim to the title as the chief priest of the City of Rome.

I liken it to the cross that surmounts the obelisk in St. Peter's Square.

19 posted on 12/03/2012 12:59:50 PM PST by Oratam
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Most credible of all, I obviously read the article too hastily...


20 posted on 12/03/2012 1:01:51 PM PST by warchild9 (I have GOT to update my profile!!!)
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To: Oztrich Boy
pontufex = pope
21 posted on 12/03/2012 1:06:36 PM PST by Berlin_Freeper
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To: warchild9
MSM articles are bad.
but he's odds-on to get 1 million followers by the end of the year, British bookmakers Ladbrokes said.
British bookmakers...? Um OK.
22 posted on 12/03/2012 1:15:35 PM PST by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Berlin_Freeper

That, sir, is a wacky factoid.


23 posted on 12/03/2012 1:17:59 PM PST by warchild9 (I have GOT to update my profile!!!)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Pontifex sounds like a dandy new industrial paneling adhesive.


24 posted on 12/03/2012 1:45:00 PM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Buckeye McFrog

Pontifex™


25 posted on 12/03/2012 1:56:59 PM PST by Berlin_Freeper
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To: TSgt
Is that Murphy?

I think you've already had this spelled out factually to you in plain language, because I'm the one who did the fact-checking.

Repeatedly (Link.)

Gratuitous personal insults, resorting to rhetorical flourishes in place of arguments, or presenting simplistic distortions of an opponent’s views, are unacceptable. Lying accusations against the Pope, already disproved, are particularly offensive.

Whether this stops you or not, somebody had to say it.

26 posted on 12/03/2012 2:47:00 PM PST by Mrs. Don-o (Honest to God.)
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