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The Pope's Social Media Guru On @Pontifex's First Tweet

Pope Benedict XVI at work in Vatican City's Synod Hall 

Pope Benedict XVI at work in Vatican City's Synod Hall Photograph by Franco Origlia/Getty Images

As Pope Benedict XVI prepares to send out his first tweet on Dec. 12, few wait with greater anticipation than Monsignor Paul Tighe. As Secretary of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, Tighe is the Pope’s social media guy. I spoke with the Irish-born priest about how he’s easing the leader of the Catholic Church—who will tweet under @Pontifex—into the digital world.

How does the Pope feel about doing his first tweet?
I think he’s intrigued and he’s pleased. We’ve been waiting for the questions. We have to select questions and engage him around those questions. I wish we could just have it lined up, but each tweet will have been seen and approved by the pope.