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Vatican prelate discusses how Pope’s ‘tweets’ originate

January 03, 2013

The president of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications has described the process by which Pope Benedict’s tweets originate.

“The appointed departments of the Secretariat of State prepare a text, which the Pope then must approve,” said Archbishop Claudio Maria Celli, who has led the dicastery since 2007. “We believe and strongly desire that the tweets be truly from Benedict XVI.”

Discussing reactions to the Pope’s Twitter messages, Archbishop Celli added that “we have received the most beautiful messages from all ages of young people, and with differing content -- at times joking, offensive, and critical messages, too; but, for us who live in these circumstances, it was no surprise, I confess. We were fully aware of what would happen: when the Pope wishes to enter into dialogue with modern man and puts himself on that level, there are risks to be taken and borne.”


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