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June 29, 2011

Pope gets tech savvy, uses Twitter on iPad 2

Launches Web portal on the tablet device by Apple

By CBR Staff Writer

Pope Benedict XVI has launched a church Web portal using iPad2 and used Twitter for the first time to send the news about the portal on the 60th anniversary of his ordination.

News.va will aggregate news from various church departments across the world.

The Pope, 84, used Apple’s iPad2 to activate the portal and send the tweet.

The Pope’s debut tweet was on the Vatican news Twitter account.

The Vatican now uses social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter for religious purposes.

Earlier this year, Pope Benedict XVI had urged Christians to participate in digital communication, saying that it was not a sin to use social networking sites.

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In his World Communications Address on 24 January, he said, "I invite young people above all to make good use of their presence in the digital world."

However, he had added that it is important to remember that virtual contact cannot and must not take the place of direct human contact.

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