Pope Benedict XVI reached an Internet milestone today sending out his first official tweet.
One million followers were blessed in less than 140 characters.
"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 heart," the Pope tweeted.
In response to skeptics Vatican officials insist the 85-year-old Benedict did in fact type the inaugural tweet, but confess that succeeding tweets will be written by someone in the Vatican's secretariat of state.
Officials assured papal Twitter fans the sage responses are the authentic teachings of Pope Benedict extracted directly from catechism lessons, homilies, and his speeches.
Only an hour after the initial papal tweet, a Vatican official tweeted a question sent to the pope asking his advice on how to be faithful in daily life.
The response: "By speaking with Jesus in prayer, listening to what he tells you in the Gospel and looking for him in those in need."
A third tweet responded to a question about faith in a world devoid of hope: "We can be certain that a believer is never alone. God is the solid rock upon which we build our lives and his love is always faithful."
Following a long tradition of employing the latest communication technology, the Vatican will continue to encourage through frequent tweets, its newspaper, television service, YouTube channels, and its Internet news portal.
Follow the papal tweets on Twitter @pontifex. You can also follow CBN News @cbnnews.