Today the Catholic Church prepares to take a giant leap into the 21st century. No, the pope isn’t planning on appointing women to the clergy or condoning same-sex marriage, but he is about to bring the word of the Lord into the realm of social media: according to The Vatican, Pope Benedict XVI will soon begin tweeting from a personal Twitter account.
Vatican spokesman Rev. Federico Lombardi made the announcement Thursday, saying that details are still to come but that the account could be launched before the end of the year. Although the future account will belong solely to Benedict, he will most likely sign off on tweets written in his name (he prefers to write longhand and isn’t terribly computer savvy, surprise surprise).
Benedict isn’t the first religious leader to take to Twitter – The Dali Lama opened an account in 2010, and while this won’t actually be the pope’s first Twitter appearance either (he first tweeted from The Vatican’s account last year), it will be the first opportunity for faithful tweeters to follow an account officially belonging to His Holiness himself.
No word yet on what his handle will be, but hopefully it will be a little less boy band-ish than @Pope2YouVatican.