Pope Benedict XVI to take God’s message to Twitter


In this Oct. 24, 2012, file photo, Pope Benedict XVI blesses the faithful in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican for his weekly general audience. The Vatican spokesman on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012, said that the 85-year-old Benedict will start tweeting from a personal Twitter account, perhaps before the end of the year. AP Photo/ANDREW MEDICHINI

VATICAN CITY—Pope Benedict XVI will have an official Twitter account and will send regular tweets for his followers around the world by the end of the year, Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi said Friday.

The Jesuit priest said the pope’s Twitter handle will be announced officially at a later time, although one likely candidate, @BenedictusPPXVI, registered this year already has 2,900 followers without having any tweets.

There are already several fake Twitter accounts set up in the pope’s name – some of which are used to mock the 85-year-old German pontiff.

Vatican officials said the account will propagate the pope’s core messages, links to speeches as well as appeals for solidarity for countries in distress.

The 140-character messages will not be written by the pontiff himself but by Vatican officials, whose texts will be submitted to the pope for approval.

I.Media, a news agency specializing in Vatican affairs, said the pope’s Twitter account exists but its announcement has been delayed by the Secretariat of State – the Holy See’s government – because of the “Vatileaks” scandal.

The months-long case involves the leaking of confidential documents by papal butler Paolo Gabriele, who was convicted last month. A Vatican computer technician is now also on trial for aiding and abetting the crime.

The pope sent his first and so far only tweet from a Vatican account in June 2011 to launch the Vatican’s new information portal,

“Dear Friends, I just launched Praised be our Lord Jesus Christ! With my prayers and blessings, Benedictus XVI,” it read.

Several cardinals and bishops are already regular tweeters.

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  • foreignerph

    If God needs a Twitter account, why doesn’t He create one Himself? After all, He created the world.

  • arn_arn

    Here the Protestants go again.. LOL

  • Edgardo Mendoza


  • browndarwinian

    ‘If Jesus claims to be able to take your sins on himself, remember
    what we’re talking about here. The revolting idea of human sacrifice. Of
    vicarious redemption. Of scapegoating. The idea that you can throw your
    sin on someone else and make him die and take your sin with him. The
    repulsive, immoral idea of vicarious redemption. I can pay your debt. I
    can serve your sentence in prison. But I cannot take your responsibility
    from you. Because it would be immoral to do so. You’ve no right to ask
    it of me. You can’t shed that responsibility. The whole basis of
    morality requires that you face it and take it upon yourself.
    Nonetheless, Christianity offers the idea of vicarious redemption.

    So when I say that religion poisons everything, I mean to say it
    infects us in our most basic integrity. It says we can’t be moral
    without big brother. Without totalitarian permission. We can’t be good
    to one another without this. We must be afraid [GOD-FEARING]. We must also be forced
    to love [GOD-LOVING] someone who we fear. The essence of SADOMASOCHISM. The essence
    of abjection. The essence of master and slave relationship. I say that
    this is evil.

    It is a horrible idea that there is somebody who owns us, who makes
    us, who supervises us. Waking and sleeping. Who knows our thoughts. Who
    can convict us of thought crime, just for what we think. Who can judge
    us while we sleep for things that might occur to us in our dreams. Who can
    create us sick, as apparently we are, and then order us on pain of
    eternal torture [by introducing the concept of H€LL to make us god-fearing] to be well again. To demand this, to wish this to be
    true, is to wish to live as an abject slave.’ -Hitch

    • Rene

      Historians and anthropologists, conducting their researches over long periods of time and across the distant reaches of the earth, have established the fact that mankind in all ages, in every country, and in every stage of civilization, has been convinced of the existence of a Supreme Being. Of course there are individuals like you who denied God’s existence but in the inner depths of your own conscience, you know that God does and  must exist, and that the universe would remain forever a wholly and inexplicable riddle unless you accept the doctrine on an intelligent Creator, a doctrine of REASON and COMMON SENSE.

      Many ofthe most influential atheists and enemies of the Catholic Church have accepted the Faith right at the moment of death. Even Anton LaVey the founder of the Church of Satan have beg God’s mercy at the hour of his death.

      Here are some of those influential atheists deathbed confessions:

      1. VOLTAIRE  The most influential atheist of Europe in his day – “I am abandoned by God and man I shall go to hell!”

      2. HONORE MIRABEAU  A leading political organizer of the French Revolution – “My sufferings are intolerable:…. that I may not think of eternity! O Christ, O Jesus Christ!”

      3. THOMAS HOBBES  Political Philosopher and Sceptic – “I am about to take a fearful leap in the dark!”

      4. THOMAS PAINE  The leading atheistic writer in the American Coloniesv – “O Lord, help me! Christ, help me!…..for I am on the edge of hell here alone. If ever the Devil had an agent, I have been that one.”

      5. SIR THOMAS SCOTT Chancellor of Great Britain – “I thought there was neither God nor hell; now I know and feel that there are both, and I am doomed to perdition by the just judgement of the Almighty!”

      6.. THOMAS CARLYLE“ – I am as good as without hope; a sad old man gazing into the final chasm.”

      7. ALDAMONT – “My principles have poisoned my friends.

      8.  Svetlana Stalin daughter of JOSEF STALIN – “My father died a difficult and terrible death.. God grants an easy death only to the just.”

      9. WILLIAM E. HENLEY An atheist, wrote a famous poem “Invictus”, the last two lines are most quoted:

      “I am the master of my fate;
      “I am the captain of my soul.”
      Most are not aware that William Henley later committed suicide. (1849-1903)

      God is not forcing us to love Him, instead GOD SO LOVED THE WORLD.

      “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish, but have eternal life.” John 3:16

      • browndarwinian

        “If I convert it’s because it’s better that a believer dies than an atheist does.” -Hitch

        The religious, especially catholics, have the habit of spreading lies about deathbed conversion of atheists and “enemies of the Church”.

        Voltaire was a deist. Like you he believed that all of these don’t make sense without some kind of a designer. But unlike you, he didn’t need to make an arrogant extraordinary claim to know that this deity takes sides in wars and human affairs, let alone answers your prayers. If you only know what wikipedia is you’ll find this:
        The deathbed conversion has also been a target of humor. Voltaire, on his own deathbed, was asked by a priest to renounce Satan and turn to God, he is alleged to have replied, “Now is no time to be making new enemies”. However, his last words are said to have been, “For God’s sake, let me die in peace.

        Thomas Paine was also another victim of a so-called deathbed
        conversion that did not take place. Paine was a deist during his life. He attacked formal
        religion because he felt that it was harmful to humanity. Paine worked
        throughout his life for the betterment of man. He was a reformer in every sense
        of the word, and did not stop at just social reforms. He also wanted to reform
        law, politics and religion and attacked Christianity because they did not want
        to reform themselves. He felt that organized religion had become perverted. He
        also thought that the Bible was ridiculous and could not possibly be the word of
        God. All the good that Paine had done throughout his life is not remembered
        today because of his “radical beliefs,” despite those beliefs were
        shared among many of the Founding Fathers of the United States.

        “The world is my country, all mankind are my brethren,
        and to do good is my religion.” 

        Thomas Paine, The
        Age of Reason, 1794.

      • Rene

        Voltaire – “For God’s sake, let me die in peace.”

        St. Paul – “O death, where is your sting? O grave, where is your victory?” 1 Corinthians 15:55

        Thomas Paine testified to be an atheist when he said; “To do good is my religion.”

        “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who
        comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who
        earnestly seek him.” Hebrews 11:6

      • AntonioPeYangIII

        Rene, why do you insist on cherry-picking a man who does not want to be identified as a Christian? Here’s the complete quote:

        //I speak an open and disinterested language, dictated by no passion but that of humanity. To me, who have not only refused offers, because I thought them improper, but have declined rewards I might with reputation have accepted, it is no wonder that meanness and imposition appear disgustful. Independence is my happiness, and I view things as they are, without regard to place or person; my country is the world, and my religion is to do good.//

        And from what I recall after reading Age of Reason, Thomas was very much against organized religion: 

        //The most detestable wickedness, the most horrid cruelties, and the greatest miseries that have afflicted the human race have had their origin in this thing called revelation, or revealed religion. It has been the most dishonorable belief against the character of the Divinity, the most destructive to morality and the peace and happiness of man, that ever was propagated since man began to exist. It is better, far better, that we admitted, if it were possible, a thousand devils to roam at large, and to preach publicly thedoctrine of devils, if there were any such, than that we permitted one such impostor and monster as Moses, Joshua, Samuel, and the Bible prophets, to come with the pretended word of God in his mouth, and have credit among us.//

      • Rene

        Why all the hate in religion? How does it affect you personally? Are you compelled to believe as we believed? Are you not breathing the air of freedom wherever you go or stay?

      • AntonioPeYangIII

        It’s not “hate” against religion.

        I simply think it’s my moral obligation to call out a god-botherer when they start cherry-picking quotes from long-dead intellectual to make it sound like he’s Catholic, when his writing clearly shows he is not. 

      • Rene

        All I can tell you is there is hope even at the last breath of a dying man. We catholics hope while you sealed his fate.

        “We believe it is through the grace of our Lord Jesus that we are saved. Acts 15:11

        One of the criminals who hung there hurled insults at him: “Aren’t you the Christ? Save yourself and us!” But the other criminal rebuked him. “Don’t you fear God,” he said, “since you are under the same sentence? We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong.” Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom. ” Jesus answered him, “I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise.”
        Luke 23:40-43

      • Rene

        Don’t interpret God’s love out of context. God offered his love for the purpose of salvation not bondage. Your out of context interpretation on revealed religion can be analogized again to a lighthouse; That its heat will burn us instead of its light will guide us.

        “Where there is no revelation, the people cast off restraint; but blessed is he who keeps the law.” Psalm 29:18

        “What then shall we say, brothers? When you come together, everyone has a hymn, or a word of instruction, a REVELATION, a tongue or an interpretation. All of these must be done for the strengthening of the church.” 1 Corinthians 14:26

        Antonio, don’t accuse me of compelling you to believe on my belief. You and I are bound on a moral obligation; To do good and avoid evil. And according to St. Paul, “The righteous will live by faith.” Galatians 3:11

      • AntonioPeYangIII

        Rene, I read Thomas Paine’s writing, and there is no solid evidence that he ever uttered those words or recanted his deism at his deathbed.

        //There are twenty death-bed witnesses, Madame Bonneville, Dr. Romaine, Dr. Manley, Rev. Cunningham, Rev. Milledollar, Mr. Pigott, Mrs. Redden, Willet Hicks, Mrs. Cheeseman, Amasa Woodsworth, Thomas Nixon, Captain Pelton, Walter Morton, Thomas Addis Emmet, Mrs. Few, Albert Gallatin, Mr. Jarvis, B.F. Haskin, Colonel Fellows, and Judge Hertell, many of them Christians, all affirming or admitting that Thomas Paine did not recant.//

        Kindly stop lying. 

      • Rene

        How can you be sure that your source is not biased against religion as you alleged on my source as against atheism or ideology. I also have read some sources about Paine including the Bank of Wisdom.

      • AntonioPeYangIII

        //How can you be sure that your source is not biased against religion as you alleged on my source as against atheism or ideology.//

        How sure are YOU that Paine actually recanted on his deathbed? The burden of proof rests on your shoulders. 

        //I also have read some sources about Paine including the Bank of Wisdom.//Then you should know better than to cherry-pick hos writing and make it sound like he’s Catholic

      • AntonioPeYangIII

        //Historians and anthropologists, conducting their researches over long periods of time and across the distant reaches of the earth, have established the fact that mankind in all ages, in every country, and in every stage of civilization, has been convinced of the existence of a Supreme Being. //

        FYI, convincing oneself of the existence of a supreme being is not the same thing as actually having proof of the existence of a supreme being. 

        That’s tantamount to saying that fairies exist because people, really, REALLY want to believe, and are really convinced that they exist. 

      • Rene

        The reasonableness of the belief in God:

        1. The existence of God can certainly be known and proved by the natural light of human reason through those things which have been made. “By those things which have been made”, we mean the whole realm of nature.

        2. The Order in the universe proves the existence of God.

        Order cannot happen through mere chance. Design is necessary to bring about Order and only an intelligent Being could have been responsible for such Order. The universe has the characteristics of Order and design in a much more magnificent scale than any object ever been made within it. Therefore, a straight-thinking mind can come to but one conclusion that there is a Being who made the design and carried it out in the creation and maintenance of the universe, and we call God.

        3. The principle of causality proves the existence of God.

        Everything in the universe is an effect which exist it had a cause at a definite time. You cannot find even ONE thing that began without being caused by something other than itself. Since nothing can act before it exists, everything that begins to be must be caused by something outside itself and it is absurd to declare the First Cause was itself Uncaused. The only logical conclusion is God is the first cause of everything that comes into existence.

        4.  The law of nature prove the existence of God.

        How can we account the vast number of these laws in the universe? Every law must have a lawgiver. Who gave the universe the laws of nature? Three possibilities: The Physical bodies themselves, Chance, or an Intelligent Being. Physical bodies is sheer non-sense because they have no intelligence neither can Chance. Permanence and Chance do not go together. Thus, the only alternative to explain the perfect way in which the laws of nature operate is that an Intelligent Being established them, and that being is God.

        5. The Universal Assent proves the existence of God.

        Supposed you were presented with an involved and difficult mathematical problem; you work on it and arrive at a solution, but you are not positive that your answer is correct. Then you ask a friend and he gets the same answer and your confidence in your work increases. You sent it to a hundred different mathematicians and they arrive at the same solution too. You send it to a thousand more and the outcome is the same. Would you not be convinced?

        The greatest minds the world has known and the simplest ones in every stage of civilization have accepted the existence of God. It is the belief of the ancient philosophers – Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle. Men to whom the modern world owes a debt that cannot easily be estimated; of the astronomers – Copernicus, Galileo, Kepler, Newton, Leverrier, and Herschel; of the chemists – Berzelius, Dumas, Liebig, and Dalton; of the physicists – Ohm, Ampere, Volta, Faraday, Joule, Maxwell, Lord Kelvin and Einstein.

        A conviction so universal, so unbroken, must be rooted in truth, or else man’s intellect has deceived him.

    • Rene

      //We must be afraid [GOD-FEARING]. We must also be forced to love [GOD-LOVING] someone who we fear. The essence of SADOMASOCHISM. The essence of abjection. The essence of master and slave relationship. I say that this is evil.//

      Don’t interpret God’s love out of context. God offered his love for the purpose of salvation not bondage.

      Your out of context interpretation can be analogize to a lighthouse; That its heat will burn us instead of its light will guide us.

  • Edgardo Mendoza



    >>>Pope Benedict XVI to take God’s message to Twitter<<<

    BAKIT, hindi ba kaya ng diyos ang makipag-ugnayan sa kahit na gusto niyang makipag-ugnayan at kinakailangan pa ng ahente o kinatawan para magamit nyang courier?  Hindi ba't god is supposed to be omipotent, omnisceient, at omnipresent?  Bakit pinalalabas na kailangan pa ng go-between para ipahatid ang "kanyang message"?  Message kaya ng god yan…o message ng kapwa-tao natin?  At saan naman nanggaling yang messgae na yan ng god….sa i-pod? 

  • Pablo316

    So far the best option for every professing Christian is to read their Bible daily with a prayerful humble and truth-seeking heart.
    God bless all God-fearing people, may we always cherish God’s word as the day for the Lord Jesus’ return draws nearer everyday!

    • Rene

      ‘God-loving’ is more appropriate Pablobnb. God commanded us; “Thou shalt LOVE the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.
      This is the FIRST and GREATEST COMMANDMENT.” Matthew 22:37-38

      ‘FEAR’ is an initial feeling of profound respect of the newly converted Jews and Gentiles upon hearing the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. Acts 19:17, Acts 9:31, 2 Corinthians 5:11

      But God poured out his love through the Holy Spirit; “for God has poured out his LOVE into
      our hearts by means of the Holy Spirit, who is God’s gift to us.” Romans 5:5

      But if you are still in the level of ‘Fearing God’ rather than ‘Loving God’ which is the first and greatest commandment, I believe there’s no need for any further argument. Let us pray that God through the Holy Spirit will fill our hearts with His love, His gift to us. And by giving back we can obey the first and greatest commandment; “Thou shalt LOVE the Lord our God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.” Matthew 22:37-38

      • rizalmanalo

        …a very inspiring message for Catholics and all believers. Thank you Bro. Rene!

      • Pablo316

        I will not argue over words and I agree that loving God is the most important commandment of all as the Bible says so but it was enough for me to point God-loving people if you will to His written words – the Bible because that is where God can teach us thru the Holy spirit, His pure and unadulterated teachings.
        So then let us always read the Bible daily God-loving people.
        God bless!

      • jimguy

         you’re so humble my friend!!! I hope more people here have same attitude with yours. I appreciate the way you responded to a critic.

      • Pablo316

        How can we not be humble my friend when we were but saved thru the grace of God alone and not by every good thing that we have done as it is written:
        “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.” (Ephesians 2:8-9)
        “Know that a person is not justified by the works of the law, but by faith in Jesus Christ. So we, too, have put our faith in Christ Jesus that we may be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the law, because by the works of the law no one will be justified.” (Galatians 2:16)
        “I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing!” (Galatians 2:21)
        “Clearly no one who relies on the law is justified before God, because “the righteous will live by faith.” The law is not based on faith.” (Galatians 3:11-12)
        “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)
        Let us continue holding on to the words of God that gives us a living hope and true wisdom.

      • AntonioPeYangIII

        “These shall ye eat of all that are in the waters: whatsoever hath fins and scales in the waters, in the seas, and in the rivers, them shall ye eat. 

        And all that have not fins and scales in the seas, and in the rivers, of all that move in the waters, and of any living thing which is in the waters, they shall be an abomination unto you: 

        They shall be even an abomination unto you; ye shall not eat of their flesh, but ye shall have their carcases in abomination. 

        Whatsoever hath no fins nor scales in the waters, that shall be an abomination unto you.” – Leviticus 11: 9-12


        “They fought against Midian, as the Lord commanded Moses,and killed every man.

        Among their victims were Evi, Rekem, Zur, Hur and Reba—the five kings of Midian. They also killed Balaam son of Beor with the sword.

        The Israelites captured the Midianite women and children and took all the Midianite herds, flocks and goods as plunder. 10 They burned all the towns where the Midianites had settled, as well as all their camps.

        They took all the plunder and spoils, including the people and animals, and brought the captives, spoils and plunder to Moses and Eleazar the priest and the Israelite assembly at their camp on the plains of Moab, by the Jordan across from Jericho.” Number 31: 7-12


        “I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man, she must be silent.” – 1 Timothy 2: 12


        “This is what the Lord Almighty says … ‘Now go and strike Amalek and devote to destruction all that they have. Do not spare them, but kill both man and woman, child and infant, ox and sheep, camel and donkey.'” – 1 Samuel 15:3


        “Slaves, submit yourselves to your masters with all respect, not only to the good and gentle but also to the cruel.” – 1 Peter 2:18: 


        Your book is sick. 

  • kismaytami

    Marketing stunt ni papa damaso.

  • Mabuhay

    sa totoo lang his looks is not so holy…at least in this pic……….bakit walang pope na babae o negro gaya ni Obama…racial and gender discrimination?

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