Pope to tweet in Latin

2013-01-18 Vatican Radio

(Vatican Radio) Pope Benedict XVI will launch his first tweets in Latin on Sunday, January 20. More than 1,200 people had signed up to his Twitter account: “@Pontifex_ln” within the first few hours of Thursday’s announcement.

Latin becomes the ninth language in which papal Tweets are available, following English, Spanish, Italian, French, German, Portuguese, Polish and Arabic. In Latin, Pope Benedict describes Twitter “Pagina publica breviloquentis” and his first tweet in the language reads: “Tuus adventus in paginam publicam Summi Pontificis Benedicti XVI breviloquentis optatissimus est” or: “Your entrance onto the public (Twitter) page of the Supreme Pontiff Benedict XVI is very welcome.” Pope Benedict has gained more than 2.5 million followers since officially launching his @Pontifex handle in December.