The Twitter account @Pontifex fired back into
life immediately after Pope Francis was named as the new head of the
Catholic Church Wednesday.
"Habemus Papam Franciscum," read the tweet, at 8:33 pm (1933 GMT), the first note on the papal Twitter feed since the resignation of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI.
Initially after the vote to make him pope, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio had sent tweets using the Sede Vacante (empty seat) account, which featured the transitional image of an empty chair.
Benedict had opened the Twitter account in December and quickly gained more than 3 million followers. But it had been deactivated after Benedict resigned in February, so that his successor could decide whether he wanted to continue tweeting under the same account.
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