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For The Season Of Lent, The Pope Tweets
By Anthea Quay, 23 Feb 2012
To reach out to the social media generation, and celebrate Lenten season this year, Pope Benedict XVI and the Pontifical Council for Social Communications have decided get on Twitter and tweet once a day.
For 40 days of Lent, starting from yesterday Ash Wednesday (the start of the season of Lent), themes from the Pope’s message will be posted on Twitter, @Pope2YouVatican.
One Papal tweet a day will be posted in English, Spanish, Italian, French, German, and also Portuguese—these include Papal speeches and documents—in hope “to attract the media-savvy generation and entice them to find out more”, Vatican Television Center wrote.
Msgr Paul Tighe, secretary of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications said that “many of the key Gospel ideas are readily rendered in just 140 characters”.
“This is not the only way the Church speaks but it’s an avenue that is open to us and it’s pithy, succinct and it’s one I think that we’re quite good at,” Tighe continued.
For the first tweet of Lent, @Pope2YouVatican wrote: “‘Let us be concerned for each other, to stir a response in love and good works’ (Heb 10:24) #Lent #Pope2You”.
[via Los Angeles Times, image via Selfiy / Shutterstock.com]
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