Let’s all give Pope Benedict XVI a warm welcome, he recently joined Twitter! According to the Vatican, the Pope will not be tweeting until Wednesday, December 12th, but the official account has already been launched under the handle @pontifex.

Don’t get your hopes up about getting any casual tweets from the Pope though. The Vatican says that he will be tweeting fairly infrequently and his tweets won’t veer far from his texts.

Currently there are no tweets from the account to date, but @pontifex does follow seven other accounts (which are all just versions of the same account in different languages).

This is the Pope’s second encounter with Twitter. Last year, he sent out a tweet from the Vatican’s official account, promoting news.va.

(Via Mashable)