The Pope Tweets, Joins Twitter's Religious Crowd
On June 28th, Pope Benedict XVI, spiritual head of the Roman Catholic Church, tweeted for the first time, sending out the following message from Rome, Italy:
Well, kinda. According to Vatican spokeman Reverend Federico Lombardi, the tweet was written for the Holy Father by Vatican officials, put into the status box on Twitter’s iPad app, and the tweet was then sent by Pope Benedict himself, with a single click on his finger.
The tweet was sent out to launch the Vatican’s news site, News.va, an aggregator for content from many Vatican sources, including Facebook pages, Flickr account, YouTube presence, Vatican Radio and Television. It’s planned that worshippers will be able to watch live video streams of Papal masses and other special events.
With a click of a finger, Pope Benedict has joined other religious leaders in connecting with worshippers through the micro-blogging service. No matter what your religious persuasion, you are sure to find someone to learn from...
Yet another Catholic perspective
With 1.6 billion Catholics worldwide, you can expect a huge number on Twitter, and a variety of opinions. Want a more personal Catholic feed? Why not give Friar Wade Fahnestock a follow, and enjoy his orthodox faith-based reflections on daily life. Friar Fahnestock enjoys FourSquare, sharing insights into his faith even while waiting in traffic jams.
You can follow Friar Fahnestock at @FriarWade.
How about Greek, or Eastern Orthodox?
Although not as fun to listen to as Friar Fahnestock, if your religious leanings are toward the Eastern Orthodox Church, then you might want to follow spirtitual leader Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, whose status updates are sent out to adherents of the faith on his behalf, through the Church’s Twitter account, @EcuPatriarch.
If you’re a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, the Utah-based Church uses the account @/MORMONorg to provide information related to its current President, Thomas S. Monson, as well as other important information about the activities of the Mormon Church.Continued on the next page