“When we entrust ourselves to the Lord completely, everything changes. We are children of a Father who loves us, and never leaves us”.
Benedict XVI sent this Tweet on Wednesday, 2 January.
resume at the General Audiences.
The first was on 12 December, a date
for history, marked by the Pope's debut with a Tweet that many followed:
“Dear friends, I am pleased to get in touch with you through Twitter.
Thank you for your generous response. I bless all of you from my
This use of the new means of communication, with the handle
@pontifex, was an action explained indirectly during the catechesis that
Therein the Holy Father emphasized that “God did not take himself
away from the world, he is not absent, he has not left us to ourselves,
but comes to meet our needs in various ways that we must learn to
“May Our Lord bless you and watch over you in the new year”, as we
read in the tweet on 1 January, which recalls the Hebrew Scriptures,
both directly, “May the Lord bless you and watch over you” (Num 6:24),
and indirectly, “May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his
face to shine upon us” (Ps 67).
In an interview with “Tgcom24” [an Italian news source] Archbishop
Claudio Maria Celli, President of the Pontifical Council for Social
Communications, spoke on how Benedict XVI's tweets come about.
appointed departments of the Secretariat of State prepare a text which
the Pope then must approve. We believe and strongly desire that the
tweets be truly from Benedict XVI”, said Archbishop Celli. Responding
to the questions of Federico Novella and Fabio Marchese Ragona, the
Archbishop stressed that “the Pope attends to the texts”.
Celli did not hide that the comments on the tweets have not always been
“A bit of everything came in. We have received the most
beautiful messages from all ages of young people, and with differing
content – at times joking, offensive and critical messages too; but, for
us who live in these circumstances, it was no surprise, I confess. We
were fully aware of what would happen: when the Pope wishes to enter
into dialogue with modern man and puts himself on that level, there are
risks to be taken and borne”.