Pope Will Be Answering Questions From His New Twitter

There are Seven Signs of the apocalypse: We will be struck by deadly plagues, famines and earthquakes; The sky will turn dark and oceans will turn to blood; And the antichrist will emerge to fight the final battle between good and evil.

So although the Pope joining Twitter does not signal the end of days – celebrities are almost deified on it. So Pope Benedict could be preparing to do battle with the antichrist on Twitter. Would that be Lady Gaga or Justin Bieber?

The Pope hasn’t sent any tweets yet from his @Pontifex, but he has a flashy presence and is amassing followers faster than you’re reading these words:


CNN’s Belief Blog shares that “the Pope will answer a question in his first tweet December 12. Officials said anyone can send in a question via the hashtag #askpontifex or #B16 [#BXVI].

The formal announcement came in press conference Monday morning at the Vatican with Catholic and Twitter officials.

A Vatican official told CNN the pope will be composing the tweets for the new account himself. For the first tweet from the account, the pope will also press the button to send the tweet himself, but after that others will send the tweets on his behalf.

Also important to note, the Pope’s tweets will be available in other languages according to the Twitter blog:

While @Pontifex will be the Pope’s primary account in English, he will oversee many more accounts in major languages that offer translations of his Tweets, including these:
– Spanish: @pontifex_es
– Italian: @pontifex_it 
– Portuguese: @pontifex_pt 
– German: @pontifex_de
– Polish: @pontifex_pl 
– Arabic: @pontifex_ar
– French: @pontifex_fr 

The questions are also coming in fast and furious. Many actually are furious, though some are humorous (as expected on Twitter).


Will you be tweeting a question to the Pope? And do you think this whole ‘kind of Q & A’ was a good idea?

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@MaryCLong maryclong@digitalmediaghost.com Mary C. Long is Chief Ghost at Digital Media Ghost. She writes about everything online and is published widely, with a focus on privacy concerns, specifically social sabotage.