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Pope tweets for the first time

In the first tweet, the pope praised Jesus and announced the launch of a new Vatican website.

Vatican City: Pope Benedict XVI has written a message on Twitter praising Jesus and announcing the launch of a new Vatican website, in the first tweet? by a leader of the Roman Catholic Church.

“Dear Friends, I just launched Praised be our Lord Jesus Christ! With my prayers and blessings, Benedictus XVI,” wrote the pope, using his formal name in Latin - the Vatican`s official language.

The Vatican has embraced social media in recent months, launching popular Facebook and YouTube pages and courting bloggers as it tries to get the church`s message out to a wider and more youthful audience.

The church also used a website to receive notifications of purported miracles attributed to late Pope John Paul II and is launching an e-learning initiative to address the problem of child abuse by priests.

The web portal is set to be formally launched today.

It will provide news and pictures from the Vatican`s radio and television stations and its official newspaper, Osservatore Romano.

The portal will initially be in English and Italian with plans to include a third language, probably Spanish, after the summer.

Bureau Report

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