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Vatican official discusses Pope’s Twitter outreach

February 24, 2012

The secretary of the Pontifical Council for Social Communication says that Pope Benedict’s Message for Lent will be the subject of daily “tweets” during the season--prompting headlines in the secular media such as “The Pope Takes to Twitter to Save Lent.”

“I think a lot of attention is being given to the idea of seeing Twitter as a channel that could allow for a more direct and immediate way of sharing the nucleus of the Pope’s thoughts on various occasions, so I don’t think it’ll be confined to Lent,” Msgr. Paul Tighe told Vatican Radio. “To those who say it’s dumbing down--no, this is entry level…to provoke people’s interest and to invite them then to follow the message and read the text.”


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