We have a new pope and it seems that despite all the activity at the Vatican, the conclave was still able to take to Twitter to announce his arrival.
“HABEMUS PAPAM FRANCISCUM,” tweeted those involved with the Pontifex Twitter account. It is roughly translated into “We have a Pope, Francis.”
Pope Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Buenos Aires, Argentina is the first Jesuit Pope. And while that’s the most important “first” of this news, this also marks the first time a Pope was officially announced on the social media site, proving just how valuable Twitter is for breaking news. And if you weren’t one of the hundreds of thousands of people gathered in front of St. Peter’s Basilica, you were likely watching the event on Ustream or any of the other livestreaming platforms out there.
The Catholic Church set up the Pontifex Twitter account during the service of the last Pope’s, Pope Benedict XVI. Pope Benedict recently stepped down, citing health issues, resulting in the deletion of all his tweets. We’ll likely not know if this will be a tradition of the Catholic Church until the next Pope is appointed.
Of course, we’ve got to wonder: Will he use line breaks when he tweets?