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Pope Benedict XVI on Twitter, Only Follows Himself (Not @OneDirection)

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Slade Sohmer

By Slade Sohmer on December 3, 2012

Pope Benedict XVI has an iPad, and now he’s officially on Twitter …

But @Pontifex only follows seven people, and they’re all himself.

Just lost a bet — we thought for sure he’d be following this magnificent seven: @OneDirection, @Harry_Styles, @NiallOfficial, @zaynmalik, @Real_Liam_Payne, @Louis_Tomlinson and @JustinBieber.

No tweets yet from the Pope’s new account.

If this whole Pope Tweets sounds familiar, it’s because the Pope actually tweeted in June 2011 as part of the launch of the Vatican’s new website, news.va. The handle wasn’t his, though, but that of the Vatican.

Now that the Pope is all tech’d up, maybe it’s time for the church to update its offline policies on things like birth control.

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