Pope Benedict XVI needs help to 'tweet' blessings

Last Updated: Thu, Dec 13, 2012 10:30 hrs

Pope Benedict XVI, who tried sending out his blessings through a tweet on Wednesday, was unsuccessful in his first attempt and had to be helped by an aide.

Before the 85-year-old pontiff pressed the button to send his first tweet an announcer said, "And now the Pope will tweet!"

Images on Vatican television appeared to show that the first try of the Pope didn't work. The Pope seemed to have pressed too hard and the tweet was not sent right away, the Age reported.

Archbishop Claudio Maria Celli of the Vatican's communications department showed the pontiff how to do it, but the Pope hesitated. Then Celli touched the screen lightly himself and sent the papal tweet.

"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," he said in his first tweet.

The tweet was sent at the end of weekly general audience in the Vatican before thousands of people.

The Pope actually has eight linked Twitter accounts. @Pontifex, the main account, is in English. The other 7 accounts have a suffix at the end for the different language versions.

The tweets will be going out in Spanish, English, Italian, Portuguese, German, Polish, Arabic and French. Other languages will be added in the future. (ANI)

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