The Pope sent his first tweet on the social media website, Twitter, yesterday evening via the Vatican News twitter account @news_va_en which has around 40,000 followers.
The historical tweet is reported to have been tapped out on an iPad and had a link to a new Vatican news service website. It said,
"Dear Friends, I just launched News.va Praised be our Lord Jesus Christ! With my prayers and blessings, Benedictus XVI"
Twitter, Facebook and YouTube are all now being used by the Vatican to spread its Christian message.