The Vatican revealed the new personal Twitter account for Pope Benedict XVI, @Pontifex on Monday, meaning the leader of the global Catholic church will officially join millions of people around the globe on the social media site.
The Pope will answer a question about faith in his first tweet, slated for next Wednesday, Vatican officials said. They said that anyone could send in a question via the hashtag #askpontifex or #B16. The Vatican said the initial tweets from the pope will come on Wednesdays in conjunction with his general audiences in Rome but that the 140 character missals may become more frequent.
The formal announcement came in press conference Monday morning at the Vatican with Catholic and Twitter officials.
"The Pope's presence on Twitter is a concrete expression of his conviction that the Church must be present in the digital arena,” the church said in a written statement to reporters. The pope’s account on Twitter, the statement said, “can be seen as the 'tip of the iceberg' that is the Church's presence in the world of new media.”