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Vatican official discusses Pope’s Twitter outreach

Catholic World News - 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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