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Pope offers blessings with first tweet

Vatican City - After weeks of anticipation, Pope Benedict sent his first tweet on Wednesday.

“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.”

In November the pope set up a new Vatican department charged with promoting the study and use of the language within the Roman Catholic Church and beyond. Credit: REUTERS

The tweet was sent when the 85-year-old pope tapped on a touch screen at the end of his weekly general audience in the Vatican before thousands of people. - Reuters

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