Pope Unveils Official Twitter Account, Hashtag

December 4, 2012
In the real world, Pope Benedict XVI has 1.2 billion followers through the Roman Catholic Church. He will experience a different type of following with launch of his official Twitter account. The Vatican announced that the Pope has chosen @Pontifex to be his new handle. For several weeks, online users have been trying to guess what the head of the Roman Catholic Church would pick as his official username in the biggest micro-blogging site. Overall, a lot of people approved of the handle and found it very fitting. ?Pontifex? actually means pope or bridge builder. According to the Vatican, @Pontifex will begin sending out Tweets on December 12, 2012. The Catholic head, for his initial tweet, will be answering a question regarding his faith. Any person on Twitter can send questions for the Pope to answer. The hashtag #AskPontifex has also been created as an avenue for people to forward their concerns and questions regarding the Catholic Church and to get to know the Pope more. Here's the activity on the hashtag, so far, although more tweets are expected to be sent the moment the Pope begins posting messages. However, with the type of tweets being directed at the Pope even before he officially begins, many observers believe that the church leader will get more than what he signed up for. In 2011, Pope Benedict tweeted using the handle @news_va_en, which is the Vatican news site?s Twitter account. Pope Benedict joining Twitter shows how social media has embraced different facets of human life. It is also a good showing that the Catholic Church adopts with evolving communication channels to address issues using the best platforms available.  

Featured Resources


Connect on Twitter


Find us around the web

Lean Hashtags Facebook Hashtags Twitter Hashtags Google Plus image