Swindon priest praises Pope for joining Twitter masses

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POPE Benedict XVI, leader of the Catholic Church has set up his own Twitter account spreading the Catholic faith 140 characters at a time.

The religious leader has gained more than 350,000 followers in just under 24 hours.

Rather than stick to a more obvious Twitter handle such as @pope, Pope Benedict will be tweeting under the name of @pontifex, which is a word stemming from Latin origins meaning a member of the highest council of priests in Ancient Rome and ‘bridge-builder’.

Father John Reville, parish priest of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Royal Wootton Bassett, thinks it is an excellent idea.

“It’s a good way to spread the message of the Catholic Church, and for people to interact with him who will never meet him or get the chance to meet him or speak to him in person," he said.

Although he’s not likely to be tweeting One Direction congratulating them on their performance last night at the Royal Variety Show, The Vatican have announced the 85-year-old will begin with a question and answer session on December 12, where his followers will have the opportunity to interact with him and ask him questions.

It is also believed he will be tweeting his words of wisdom in six different languages.

It comes after other well-known figures have taken to Twitter such as Barack Obama and the Dalai Lama.

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1:33pm Tue 4 Dec 12

house on the hill says...

I have no time for the Vatican. They had to create their own state and bank so they wouldnt have to share their wealth with the masses or pay any tax and the age of consent in Vatican City is 12 which is disgusting! Typical religous hypocrites.
I have no time for the Vatican. They had to create their own state and bank so they wouldnt have to share their wealth with the masses or pay any tax and the age of consent in Vatican City is 12 which is disgusting! Typical religous hypocrites. house on the hill

1:50pm Tue 4 Dec 12

The Real Librarian says...

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It comes after other well-known figures have taken to Twitter such as Barack Obama and the Dalai Lama.
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I am suprised a Llama can even operate a keyboard with those unweildy great hooves. Still, my daughter likes watching Zoo the zebra on TV and his dad can work a TV remote.

You'd think Barak Obama would have something better to do though.
QUOTE It comes after other well-known figures have taken to Twitter such as Barack Obama and the Dalai Lama. UNQUOTE I am suprised a Llama can even operate a keyboard with those unweildy great hooves. Still, my daughter likes watching Zoo the zebra on TV and his dad can work a TV remote. You'd think Barak Obama would have something better to do though. The Real Librarian

2:07pm Tue 4 Dec 12

timt1964 says...

"spreading the faith 140 characters at a time".its going to take him ages.a swindon priest says the pope is on twitter.is that really newsworthy? no but the adver thinks so.
"spreading the faith 140 characters at a time".its going to take him ages.a swindon priest says the pope is on twitter.is that really newsworthy? no but the adver thinks so. timt1964

2:07pm Tue 4 Dec 12

house on the hill says...

RL I dont think you will find any of thme do it personally they have armys of minnions to write all the drivel for them!
RL I dont think you will find any of thme do it personally they have armys of minnions to write all the drivel for them! house on the hill

2:07pm Tue 4 Dec 12

Davey Gravey says...

I think I may become catholic.you can do whatever you like as long as you say sorry. Perfect.....
I think I may become catholic.you can do whatever you like as long as you say sorry. Perfect..... Davey Gravey

2:56pm Tue 4 Dec 12

The Real Librarian says...

house on the hill wrote:
RL I dont think you will find any of thme do it personally they have armys of minnions to write all the drivel for them!
Sally Bercow wrote her own tweets, unfortunately for her.

So many celebs do this twattering business. They can't seem to help themselves. Its as though their brains are leaking.
[quote][p][bold]house on the hill[/bold] wrote: RL I dont think you will find any of thme do it personally they have armys of minnions to write all the drivel for them![/p][/quote]Sally Bercow wrote her own tweets, unfortunately for her. So many celebs do this twattering business. They can't seem to help themselves. Its as though their brains are leaking. The Real Librarian

4:40pm Tue 4 Dec 12

twasadawf says...

Twitter Full of twitts get a life
Twitter Full of twitts get a life twasadawf

7:59pm Tue 4 Dec 12

house on the hill says...

"""The Real Librarian says...
2:56pm Tue 4 Dec 12


house on the hill wrote:
RL I dont think you will find any of thme do it personally they have armys of minnions to write all the drivel for them!
Sally Bercow wrote her own tweets, unfortunately for her.

So many celebs do this twattering business. They can't seem to help themselves. Its as though their brains are leaking""""

I am not sure that Sally Stupid Cow is in the same league as the Pope, Obama or the Lama. Although if any of them did write their own I would have a fiver on the Dali Lama if i was a tibetan man!

Yes they are a bunch of twit tw4ts, nearly as stupid as the 2 jehovas twatnesses who knocked on my door the other night asking why I didnt believe in god. Er because he doesn't exist and its a faith and a belief system and not reality, no proof or evidence whatsover. If you want to waste your life living a lie good luck to you but dont knock on my door and look down on me because I dont share your delusion thank you very much!
"""The Real Librarian says... 2:56pm Tue 4 Dec 12 house on the hill wrote: RL I dont think you will find any of thme do it personally they have armys of minnions to write all the drivel for them! Sally Bercow wrote her own tweets, unfortunately for her. So many celebs do this twattering business. They can't seem to help themselves. Its as though their brains are leaking"""" I am not sure that Sally Stupid Cow is in the same league as the Pope, Obama or the Lama. Although if any of them did write their own I would have a fiver on the Dali Lama if i was a tibetan man! Yes they are a bunch of twit tw4ts, nearly as stupid as the 2 jehovas twatnesses who knocked on my door the other night asking why I didnt believe in god. Er because he doesn't exist and its a faith and a belief system and not reality, no proof or evidence whatsover. If you want to waste your life living a lie good luck to you but dont knock on my door and look down on me because I dont share your delusion thank you very much! house on the hill

11:55pm Tue 4 Dec 12

Pompey-Bound says...

Probably more wholesome than the dross the ex-barman twits
Probably more wholesome than the dross the ex-barman twits Pompey-Bound

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