Skip to comments.Pope joins Twitter; @Pontifex handle is Latin for 'pope'
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.
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@Pedophile and @SanduskyFan were already taken...
Seek help sicko.
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.
The article states all tweets will be approved by the Pope, that’s credible.
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.
Not really sicko.
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.
The Pope has his calling and fulfills his role for The Lord.
Pontifex was chosen because it not only means pope in Latin, but also bridge-builder, suggesting unity.Maybe he was the Greatest bridge-builder.
I follow you. Don’t you go by @nticatholic?
@sicko was taken.
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.
Pontifex Maximus? Sounds like a brand of condoms....
That's one follow-back I can do without!
Pontifex is the Latin for Washington Augustus Roebling.
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.
Most credible of all, I obviously read the article too hastily...
but he's odds-on to get 1 million followers by the end of the year, British bookmakers Ladbrokes said.British bookmakers...? Um OK.
That, sir, is a wacky factoid.
Pontifex sounds like a dandy new industrial paneling adhesive.
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.
Gratuitous personal insults, resorting to rhetorical flourishes in place of arguments, or presenting simplistic distortions of an opponents views, are unacceptable. Lying accusations against the Pope, already disproved, are particularly offensive.
Whether this stops you or not, somebody had to say it.