Pontifex rising, the Pope ascends to Twitter

The Holy See has joined the Twittersphere. Pope Benedictus XVI has an account under the handle @Pontifex (Latin for bridge builder.) His first tweet will come on December 12th, coinciding with the Feast of Our Lady Guadalupe.

The Vatican is beckoning the faithful to tweet with the hashtag #askpontifex with questions about belief and faith for Benedict. Taking a look at the feed (linked above) we spotted questions about chili dogs and whether or not Adam had a belly button. We imagine that the Pope may take a few questions himself, but that his advisers at the Church will handle the lion's share. We also expect a fair amount of trolling and a host of parody accounts.

The Pope's ascendance to Twitter has been expected. A Vatican news service release in March announced the Pope's embrace of social media for himself and for the church at large. From that release, "The Pope's presence on Twitter can be seen as the 'tip of the iceberg' that is the Church's presence in the world of new media." Already, the Catholic Church has an active YouTube channel. Twitter appears to be their next crusade.

@Pontifex via The Verge and The Vatican