The Vatican this weekend opened six Twitter accounts, including one in English, reports John Thavis of Catholic News Service. The move comes in response to promptings from Catholic media worldwide that the Holy See get up to speed with regard to the use of "new media"—social networking sites such as Twitter and Facebook.
The Twitter presence was launched the day Pope Benedict published his letter to Irish Catholics on priestly sex abuse. As a result, the first nine Vatican tweets were on the sex abuse issue, mainly citing past papal statements. In the future, Twitter will be used by Vatican Radio and other Vatican media outlets when there's particularly important news.