(VATICAN CITY) — Pope Benedict XVI on Wednesday sent his first tweet since opening his Twitter account earlier this month.
The post from his account, @Pontifex, read: “Dear friends, I am pleased to get in touch with you through Twitter. Thank you for your generous response. I bless all of you from my heart.”
The pope also tweeted the same message in seven different languages: Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, German, Polish, Arabic and French. The Vatican launched separate accounts for all eight languages on Dec. 3 and said additional languages may be added in the future.
The pontiff is expected to post more tweets on Wednesday, likely in response to questions on faith.
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