The Pope is expanding his Twitter empire and will now tweet in Latin.
"Twitter is a tool which requires rapid communication," said Roberto Spataro, secretary of the Vatican’s Pontifical Academy for Latin Studies.
"In English you say 'the corruption of the best one is horrible.’ In Latin, three words suffice: 'corrupt optima pessima.’’’
Spataro called Latin a language which “helps to think with precision and sobriety. And it has produced an exceptional heritage of science, knowledge, and faith.’’
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Since last month, the pontiff has been tweeting in English, French, German, Italian, Arabic, Polish, and Portuguese.
The Latin tweets will begin Sunday, according to London’s Guardian newspaper
, which noted that within hours of the Vatican announcement, the Twitter username @pontifex_ln had nearly 2,000 followers.
Pope Benedict XVI joined Twitter last month to "begin dialogue" with people from all over the world and quickly gained more than 2.5 million followers.
His messages came down in eight different languages, and his followers soon totaled 2.5 million.
The Pope’s Latin title on Twitter will be Benedictus PP. XVI.
"Latin … is very well suited to the brevity necessary on new social networks, even more so than English,’’ Manlio Simonetti, a professor in Christian history, told the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano.
The pontiff is expected to eventually add the Chinese language to his Twitter base.
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