Twitter - short, yes, but then so was Jesus's life

by Toby Manhire / 23 January, 2013
Insight from the Vatican's social media guru as the Pope launches Latin Twitter account.


The tweeting feats of Benedict XVI have been well documented, but he’s now added another lingua Twitter to his English, French, German, Polish, Portuguese and Arabic accounts. Latin.

The first tweet from the world’s most famous speaker of the language, at @Pontifex_ln, reads: “Unitati christifidelium integre studentes quid iubet Dominus? Orare semper, iustitiam factitare, amare probitatem, humiles Secum ambulare.”

Or, as if you needed telling: “What does the Lord ask of us as we work for Christian unity? To pray constantly, do justice, love goodness, and walk humbly with Him.”

That remains the Pope's sole Latin tweet, but he's already gathered 10,000 followers. Congratulatio!

Father Paolo Padrini, a Vatican priest and “collaborator of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications”, has praised the Pope for his embrace of the medium.

It marks “a new frontier” of evangelisation, he told the Catholic News Agency. And then he said this: “140 characters are few but the number of years of Jesus on earth were also few. The important thing is to be present and to do so with quality.”
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