Pope Benedict XVI now has 3,730 followers on his Twitter account in Latin, two days ahead of his scheduled inaugural tweet, the Vatican said Friday.
The pope's account in Latin, @pontifex.ln, was opened some 24 hours ago to join the other eight on which the pontiff has tweeted messages since Dec. 12 in Spanish, Portuguese, English, Italian, French, Polish, German and Arabic.
The account opened with greetings from the pope: "Tuus adventus in paginam publicam Summi Pontificis Benedicti XVI breviloquentis optatissimus est" (Your entry to the official page of Pope Benedict XVI is very agreeable).
The president of the recently founded Pontifical Academy for Latin, Ivano Dionigi, said that Latin is the "perfect" language for Twitter.
Dionigi, in a statement on Vatican Radio, said the fact that more than 3,000 people are following the papal account in Latin shows that the classical language continues to have its appeal, even in the world of social networking, adding that the pope is an example of both "innovation and tradition."
Benedict XVI has more than 2.5 million followers on Twitter. EFE