An app that allows users to follow all of Pope Benedict XVI's activities directly and view St. Peter's Square in the Vatican and the tomb of Pope John Paul II, and that can be downloaded to latest generation mobile phones and tablets, was presented Monday in the Vatican by Spanish executive Gustavo Entrala.

Entrala, of the Spanish firm 101.es, presented "The Pope app" at a press conference in which the Vatican announced Pope Benedict XVI's new Twitter account.

Benedict XVI will send his first tweet on the social-networking site on Dec. 12 over his account @pontifex, which will go out in eight languages including Spanish with the handle @pontifex_es, the Vatican said.

The new app developed by 101.es will be free of charge and can be downloaded to Android and Apple platforms, once the latter has given its go-ahead, Entrala said.

The app will allow followers to keep up with all the public activities of Benedict XVI and hear his words, and will announce the events to be presided by the pontiff, "in other words, everything the Holy Father says and does," Entrala told Efe.

Users will also be able to access an archive of photos and writings of Benedict XVI. EFE