If you believe the Pope is God's rep on Earth, you can now get the word from above in 140 characters or less.
Pope Benedict XVI has joined the masses on Twitter, using the microblogging service for the first time yesterday.
"Dear Friends, I just launched News.va. Praised be our Lord Jesus Christ! With my prayers and blessings, Benedictus XVI," the pontiff tweeted.
The new Vatican portal brings together various print and broadcast news streams into one site.
The tweet is part of the Holy See's campaign to proselytize online. Although the Vatican wasn't crazy about athat came out recently, it previously endorsed an iPhone .
It has also joined Facebook and Twitter feed has nearly 50,000 followers.in an effort to connect with . The Vatican's English-language
The social-media outreach programs are grouped on the Pope 2 You site, run by the Pontifical Council for Social Communications.
Visitors to the Rome basilica of St. John in Lateran, meanwhile, can now borrow iPods while touring the premises.
It's unclear how much the 84-year-old Benedict, who marked the 60th anniversary of his ordination as priest this week, will communicate via Twitter. Judging from the video below, he's still a newbie with the iPad.