Pope opens Twitter account

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Pope Benedict XVI will start tweeting on December 12, the Vatican says

VATICAN CITY – Pope Benedict XVI will begin tweeting in 8 languages from the account @pontifex just in time for Christmas, the Vatican said on Monday. The pope’s Twitter account was created last February 2012 but he will only begin using it on December 12. 

“The first tweets will be answers to questions sent to the pope on matters of faith. The public can start sending them starting now,” the Vatican said, adding that tweets would be in Arabic, English, French, German, Italian, Polish, Portuguese and Spanish.

The 85-year-old Pope’s Twitter account has over 5,865 followers as of posting time. – Rappler.com, with reports from Agence France-Presse