By Meghan McPherson, features staff writer
Pope Benedict XVI has recently announced that he will become an official tweeter by the end of this year.
The 85-year-old religious figure has been known for his dislike of computers, but that didn’t stop him from agreeing to join the Twitter world. It probably won’t be the actual pope doing the tweeting, but instead he will be signing off on tweets written for him.
What kind of tweets can we expect? Many are assuming that his 140 character messages will be based on weekly homilies, Sunday blessings and even reactions on world events.
With 1.1 billion Roman Catholics on this planet, it sounds like the pope could be expecting quite a fan base online as well. Religious figures have been known to have an impressive amount of followers.
Other religious leaders such as the Dalai Lama, and Christian authors such as Joyce Meyer are already popular on Twitter. Of course the Pope is also joining world leaders like the president and pop artists such as Justin Bieber.
The pope’s religious believers may not be as numerous as all of the “Beliebers” on the Web, but the online world is excited to welcome its new member nevertheless.