Pope Benedict starts Twitter account, plans question and answer session about faith on December 12
The Pope's Twitter handle is @Pontifex
Pope Benedict XVI waves as he leaves after leading the Vesper prayer with members of Rome's universities on December 1, 2012 at St Peter's basilica at the Vatican. ANDREAS SOLARO/AFP/Getty Images
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VATICAN CITY -
The Vatican said Monday the pope will be using a question and answer format in his first Tweet, focusing on answering questions about faith.
The pope sent his first tweet last year from a Vatican account to launch the Holy See's news information portal. The Vatican's communications adviser Greg Burke told a press conference that the handle @Pontifex was chosen for the pope's personal account because it not only means pope in Latin, but also bridge-builder, suggesting unity. How often will the pope tweet? Burke said, "as often as he wants."
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