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Pope Benedict sends first tweet

Pope Benedict XVI sent his first tweet on Wednesday, thanking his followers and blessing them in his inaugural message.

The message was sent after the weekly General Audience at the Vatican.

Eventually, the tweets will be going out in eight languages: Spanish, English, Italian, Portuguese, German, Polish, Arabic and French.

The Vatican announced that the pontiff would be joining Twitter on Dec. 3. Since then, he has racked up over 660,000 followers on his English-language account.

The Vatican has been making more efforts to connect with young Catholics in recent years, starting a Facebook page in 2009 and releasing a “Gangnam Style” Advent video.