Having already established himself as cautiously optimistic toward social media, Pope Benedict XVI is set to make history by signing up for Twitter.

The Guardian reports that the pope will soon be joining the microblogging service, having recognized it as an important avenue for reaching his modern flock.

"The tweet can be reformulated, redistributed, relaunched and disseminated," said Vatican Communications Chief Father Claudio Maria Celli in a statement. "In this sense it is like the gospel, a small mustard seed that once scattered grows into bushes where birds can rest."


Similar to other world leaders like President Barack Obama, it's not likely that the pope will be doing a great deal of tweeting himself. Instead, the official papal Twitter account will consist of a mixture of some tweets directly from the pontiff and others that come with his seal of approval.

[The Guardian via Business Insider]