Pope Benedict XVI will once again make Holy See history with the imminent launch of his own Twitter account, and will also be sending a tweet a day during the 40 days of Lent through another account, according to reports from the Vatican.
Through Father Claudio Maria Celli, the head of the Vatican's pontifical council for social communications, The Guardian reports that the 85-year-old Pope Benedict XVI will have his own Twitter account. Though he may not always write the tweets, he will approve each one.
The report quoted Father Celli saying, "The tweet can be reformulated, redistributed, relaunched and disseminated ... In this sense it is like the gospel, a small mustard seed that once scattered grows into bushes where birds can rest."
If you thought you already were following the pope on Twitter, tread carefully. There's a seemingly legitimate Twitter account with the handle @PopeBenedictXIV — many people may not notice the Roman numerals are off: The current head of the Roman Catholic Church is Pope Benedict XVI. And while there's a check mark next to the word "verified," don't be fooled. A real verified account has a blue badge that users can't fake.
Twitter confirmed it is not a verified account, and "If someone has reported this account for a violation of the Twitter Rules we will investigate and act according to what we find."
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