In a sign of the times, Pope Benedict XVI has succumbed to the temptation of the social media revolution by joining Twitter, one of the most popular social media platforms available today.
The pope sent his first much anticipated twitter message using his personal account on Dec.12.
The pope is seen in one of the Vatican offices pressing a button on an ipad tablet.
"Dear friends, I am pleased to get in touch with you through Twitter. Thank you for your generous response. I bless all of you from my heart," Pope Benedict's message reads.
However, it is not clear how his one billion-plus catholic followers around the world will react to his bold move.
The pope's twitter handle is @pontifex.