Thousands Gather to Watch the Pope Send His First Tweet from His iPad

The Pope is officially on Twitter and headed towards the one million followers mark

By on December 12th, 2012 14:01 GMT

The Pope has started tweeting and he's quite chatty, he's already posted three tweets. That was actually expected as all of this was planned ahead.

Still, since he started his Twitter career a few hours ago, he's gotten 100,000 new followers, he's up to 760,000 now. His first tweet also got 32,000 retweets in that time.

"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," his first words on Twitter were.

Anything the Pope does is sure to spark a lot of interest and the Vatican is no stranger to pomp. But check out the video above, there's a huge crowd, cameras, photographers and so on, gathered just to watch him tap the send button on his iPad.

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