Papal Tweet Launches News Portal

VATICAN CITY, JUNE 28, 2011 ( On the vigil of the feast of Sts. Peter and Paul, and his 60th anniversary of priestly ordination, Benedict XVI launched the Vatican’s new Web portal,

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“Dear Friends, I just launched Praised be Jesus Christ! With my prayers and blessings, Benedictus XVI,” the twitter feed reported at about 6 p.m., Rome time.

Archbishop Claudio Celli, president of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, presented on Monday.

Noting how the Vatican has already expanded its presence on the Internet with Facebook and YouTube pages, among others, Archbishop Celli explained the Holy Father’s reasoning: “I want to be present where people come together,” he has said. includes news from L’Osservatore Romano, Vatican Radio, the Fides agency, which reports on missions, and other media.

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