With @Pontifex, pope reaches out to new kind of followers

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — To celebrate the launch of his new Twitter account, Pope Benedict XVI will tweet the answers to a handful of questions from his followers.

The pope’s rare question-and-answer exchange on the social media site shows the church doesn’t just want to teach the truth, but also to listen to others, said Archbishop Claudio Celli, president of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications.

The archbishop and other Vatican officials spoke at a news conference Dec. 3 to reveal the pope’s new Twitter account @Pontifex.

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