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The brief and wondrous life of @pontifex

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Pope Vatican Today

On December 3rd, 2012, Pope Benedict XVI joined Twitter under the name @pontifex, posting inspirational messages on both it and eight non-English sub-accounts. But his social media presence ended with his unexpected resignation. After his final speech as Pope, the Vatican removed his tweets, archiving them and leaving a blank account for the next pope — whoever that may be.