Not excited about the prospect of spending your afterlife in purgatory? Well, followers of the Catholic faith now have a way to spend less time in purgatory by becoming another type of follower: on Twitter.

According to the Vatican, they will reduce the amount of time you'll spend in purgatory as long as you follow Vatican events on TV, radio and social media—these are called indulgences: performing duties that the Catholic church recommends. What took them so long? Twitter has been out since 2006, and with close to 60 million people dying each year, that's more than 4.2 billion people who have missed out on this exciting new opportunity on social media.

Archbishop Claudio Maria Celli put it this way: "What really counts is that the tweets the Pope sends from Brazil or the photos of the Catholic World Youth Day that go up on Pinterest produce authentic spiritual fruit in the hearts of everyone." That's right: you'll soon be able to follow them on Pinterest, as well.

So head over and join @Pontifex's 2.7 million other followers, and save yourself from an afterlife of boredom. Or something like that.

[via The Guardian]