The Pope is on Twitter and a lot of people are wondering why that is important. I think it's important that the Pope use all social media to not only reach Catholics, but everyone. And in the picture here, it looks likes he's having a good time!
Here are Pope Benedict's first three tweets in case you missed them:
"How can we celebrate the Year of Faith better in our daily lives?" "By speaking with Jesus in prayer, listening to what he tells you in the Gospel and looking for him in those in need." "How can faith in Jesus be lived in a world without hope?" "We can be certain that a believer is never alone. God is the solid rock upon which we build our lives and his love is always faithful." "Any suggestions on how to be more prayerful when we are so busy with the demands of work, families and the world?" "Offer everything you do to the Lord, ask his help in all the circumstances of daily life and remember that he is always beside you."
There was a bit of back and forth among some Catholic bloggers that the Pope can't possibly teach about the Catholic church within the confines of 140 characters. But Matt Archbold of the National Catholic Register and Creative Minority Report pointed out that the Beatitudes are all less than 140 characters:
Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are the meek: for they shall possess the land.
Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.
Blessed are they that hunger and thirst after justice: for they shall have their fill.
Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.
Blessed are the clean of heart: for they shall see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called children of God.
Blessed are they that suffer persecution for justice's sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are ye when they shall revile you, and persecute you, and speak all that is evil against you, untruly, for my sake: Be glad and rejoice, for your reward is very great in heaven.
(Source: Douay-Rheims 1899 American Edition of the Bible (in the public domain)
If you are on Twitter, you can follow the Pope @pontifex. Use the hashtag, #askpontifex if you would like to ask our German Shepherd any questions.
And, if you're wondering, pontifex in Latin means bridge.