The Vatican is really getting on board with social media. They’ve had a Twitter account for some time now, but today marks the very first tweet sent by the Pope himself.
The Vatican today announced a new site, News.va, which brings news of the Vatican to social media savvy folks. Along with the latest news, events and activities, this site includes a Twitter ticker, a video channel, Vatican Radio, and a suite of social media icons at the top to connect with followers on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and more.
And to make as big of a splash as possible into the digital world, Pope Benedictus XVI himself sent out the inaugural tweet about the site from the Vatican’s news Twitter account (@news_va_en):
If you noticed, the Pope sent the tweet from an iPad, too.
The Vatican’s president of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications oversaw the site’s launch, and the digital media company 101, based in Madrid, designed and developed the site.
It was an auspicious launch date, being the 60th anniversary of the Pope’s ordination to the priesthood.
You can watch as the Pope sends his very first tweet and explores the freshly launched site on a slick iPad in the YouTube video below: