The Vatican on “Twitter”

Source: FSSPX News

After YouTube, with 250 million visitors in its first year, and Facebook, with some 8,400 users of the application Pope2you, the Vatican has decided to have a presence on Twitter.  Several organs associated with the Holy See are involved:  Vatican Radio, L’Osservatore romano and the Press Office of the Holy See.

By means of a new address on the Internet ( and with the creation of seven channels in different languages on Twitter, the Vatican is thus reinforcing its online presence and adopting a new technique, allowing it to publish its information rapidly.

This service is accessible, for now, in Italian, English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French and Polish (addresses branching off from news_va_it).  It might be available later in Chinese, Japanese or even in Arabic.

Twitter is a real-time information network driven by users throughout the world, who can intervene or react on a multitude of topics by means of brief posts—“tweets”—of up to 140 characters, through instant messaging or Short Message Service (SMS).  (Sources : apic/imedia - DICI no. 216 dated June 5, 2010)