It’s exciting news for those who have pushed for better use of new media at the Vatican. Interestingly, the Twitter presence was launched the day Pope Benedict published his letter to Irish Catholics on priestly sex abuse. As a result the first nine Vatican tweets were on the sex abuse issue, mainly citing past papal statements.
In the future, we’re promised, Twitter will be used by Vatican Radio and other Vatican media outlets when there’s particularly important news.
Getting the Twitter accounts off the ground took a while, and came only after other users grabbed the Vatican moniker, apparently without anyone’s authorization. We blogged about this pseudo-Vatican Twitter feed in January, and a week later it fell silent.
The Web addresses for the real Vatican Twitter feeds: http://twitter.com/news_va_en for English, http://twitter.com/news_va_es for Spanish, http://twitter.com/news_va_it for Italian, http://twitter.com/news_va_de for German, http://twitter.com/news_va_fr for French and http://twitter.com/news_va_pt for Portuguese.