Listers, as of the morning of December 3rd 2012 these are the eight different Twitter handles of His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI. His first tweet will be on December 12th.

“In concise phrases, often no longer than a verse from the Bible, profound thoughts can be communicated – as long as those taking part in the conversation do not neglect to cultivate their own inner lives.” - Pope Benedict XVI

Twitter worked with the Vatican in creating these handles. Vatican Radio asked Twitter’s Director of Social Innovation, Claire Diaz Ortiz, why they worked so diligently with the Vatican to create these handles. She stated, “As a company it’s important for us to have influential leaders and the Pope is perhaps the most important religious leader in the world who’s joining our platform. We’ve seen great work done by other religious leaders in terms of what it means to reach so many people, so we’re eager and hopeful the Pope will be able to connect with believers and non-believers alike.” Mgr Paul Tighe, the Secretary of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications , also stated, “I think symbolically this is very important, this is the head of the Church going into a new digital arena to share his words and ideas…. it’s an encouragement to those already present using Twitter and other forms of social media to reach an even wider group of people…. When the Holy Father is working on sermons or talks he’ll give explicit attention to how to formulate a shorter message that will be tweeted in his name, maybe with the longer Url attached…. it’s really an entry level of engagement…”1


The Pope on Twitter - Taken from NEWS.VA


1. Benedict XVI

@Pontifex Welcome to the official Twitter page of His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI


2. Benedikt XVI

@Pontifex_de Willkommen auf der offiziellen Twitter-Seite Sr. Heiligkeit Benedikt XVI


3. Benedicto XVI

@Pontifex_es Bienvenido al Twitter oficial de Su Santidad Benedicto XVI


4. Bento XVI

@Pontifex_pt Bem-vindo ao Twitter oficial de Sua Santidade Papa Bento XVI


5. Benedykt XVI

@Pontifex_pl Witamy na oficjalnej stronie Twitter Jego Świątobliwości Papieża Benedykta XVI


6. Benedetto XVI

@Pontifex_it Benvenuti alla pagina Twitter ufficiale di Sua Santità Benedetto XVI


7. Benoît XVI

@Pontifex_fr Bienvenue sur la page Twitter officielle du Saint Père Benoît XVI


8. بندكتس السادس عشر ‏

@Pontifex_ar أهلاً بكم في الصفحة الرسمية تويتر لقداسة البابا بندكتس السادس عشر


[Updated 1-17-13]

9. Benedictus PP. XVI

@Pontifex_ln Tuus adventus in paginam publicam Summi Pontificis Benedicti XVI breviloquentis optatissimus est.

  1. Vatican Radio quotes - SOURCE ↩︎