Posted by Robert Truglia on June 28, 2011 04:00 PM
It was a regular Church Social today on Twitter. Around 1:30pm EST today, Pope Benedictus XVI tweeted to the world via an iPad. The holy finger typed up the Twitter message above to promote the Vatican's just-launched news portal, news.va.
When in Rome, tweet as the (holy) Romans do. Yes, the Roman Catholic Church, one of the oldest establishments in existence, has entered the era of Web 2.Oh Holy Father.
Of the over 2 billion Catholics in the world, almost 15,000 followers are following the Vatican's Twitter feed for the News.va site, which features on its homepage today a picture of the tweeting pontiff and the headline "A Historic Tweet" of Pope Benedict (as he's more commonly known in English) tapping out his first tweet.
Surprisingly, this isn’t the Church’s first initiative involving an Apple product. On June 22 the Vatican announced a pilot program that will freely lend Apple iPods to visitors of Rome’s Basilica of St. John Lateran. The iPod will feature a customized Catholic App highlighting the architecture of the basilica and facts about Christian history.
Rev. Caesar Atuire, who's overseeing the iPod project at the Vatican's media services agency, commented: “It is designed to appeal to wider audience than the usual churchgoer.” If the program is successful, the Vatican could introduce iPods to other basilicas in Rome by the end of the year.
iReligion, it’s happening — the Vatican also boasts a YouTube channel, a Pope2U Facebook app and iPhone app, and blogging priests, as Mashable notes.
Check out the tweeting iPadaphile in action below: