Benedict XVI has a Twitter account in Latin, a dead language, with 6,789 followers.
Benedict XVI is a traditional Pope. More traditional than John Paul II. However, he is a star in Twitter saying jokes and surprising things: The Three Wise Men were Four; in the stable in Bethlehem were neither the ox nor the Mule… We are sure, he is personally writing on Twitter, because any secretary would dare to say such original things in his name.
Now, Benedict XVI has surprised everybody again. He has started to write in Latin, a dead language, and he is having a great success.
Twitter is in very many languages. Now, also in Latin thanks to the Pope Benedict XVI.
The truth is that Benedict XVI and his Twitter account have been in vogue from the beginning. Of course, he is the first Pope who has a Twitter account… because previous Popes cannot have a thing which didn’t exist. But he has known how to create a great expectation and now, he has two million and a half of followers. Not bad for a traditional Pope.
«Breviloquentis» has been the title of his first tweet in Latin and he has got 6,789 followers in one only day. The tweet is calling for the Christian unity: “Unitati christifidelium integre studentes quid iubet Dominus? Orare semper, iustitiam factitare, amare probitatem, humiles Secum ambulare.” (What is the Lord asking for getting our unity? Pray constantly, do justice, love kindness and follow Him).
@Pontifex is the Latin site of the Pope. His Latin hello says: “Tuus adventus in paginam publicam Summi Pontificis Benedicti XVI breviloquentis optatissimus est”. Then, “You are welcome to the official Twitter of the Pope Benedict XVI”. Therefore, if you are studying Latin or old Roman culture, you have the incredible opportunity to practice the language of Julius Caesar for free.
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