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Pope accumulates over 2 million Twitter followers in 5 days

Benedict XVI tweets to be closer to 'women and men of today'

Pope accumulates over 2 million Twitter followers in 5 days

Rome, December 17 - A mere five days after his first tweet, Pope Benedict XVI's feed, @Pontifex, has already accumulated more than two million followers, the Vatican's radio station reported Monday. The Pope tweets in eight languages, Radio Vaticana said. ''The desire of the Holy Father was to be there where men live and to be near them with words of truth, while adapting to Twitter's language style and 140 character length,'' said Claudio Maria Celli, the president of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, Monday. ''I believe the Pope wants to be close to the women and men of today, with that language that today's women and men use,'' Celli said. Today there are some 140 million users on Twitter, Celli said, adding that these users are often young, between the ages of 18 and 34. ''This is the desire, to be where these people are communicating with each other, and they are not just communicating data and information but, in part, they communicate about themselves,'' Celli said.

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