Pope Benedict sends first tweet

VATICAN CITY -- The Pope is now tweeting. Pope Benedict XVI sent out his first tweet early Wednesday morning.

The tweet said "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 has tweeted several times since then.

You can follow the Pope on Twitter his name is @pontifex. That means bridge builder in Latin.

The Pope already has more than 850,000 followers.

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