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Pope Benedict XVI tweets for first time: I bless all of you from my heart

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The Pope has posted his first ever message on Twitter.

The head of the Roman Catholic Church joined the site earlier this month and already had over 660,000 followers before posting his first message.

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"Dear friends, I am pleased to get in touch with you through Twitter," he said.

"Thank you for your generous response. I bless all of you from my heart."

Last year, the Pope tweeted from a Vatican account to launch the Holy See news information portal.

The Vatican said that he will "tweet what he wants to tweet" from @pontifex, although he is expected to sign off rather than write the messages.

"We are going to get a spiritual message," Greg Burke, senior media advisor to the Vatican, said in a statement.

"The Pope is not going to be walking around with a Blackberry or an iPad and no-one is going to be putting words into the Pope's mouth."

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