Pope Benedict offers blessings in first tweet

Thursday 13 December 2012 12.44
Pope Benedict sent his first tweet at the end of his weekly audience in the Vatican
Pope Benedict sent his first tweet at the end of his weekly audience in the Vatican

Pope Benedict (Benedict XVI ‏@Pontifex) has joined the world of social media and sent his first 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."

The tweet was sent when the 85-year-old Pontiff tapped on a touch screen at the end of his weekly general audience in the Vatican before thousands of people.