Listers, His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI was the first Roman Pontiff to take to Twitter. After becoming Benedict XVI, Pope Emeritus, the Vatican deleted his Tweets and removed his papal coat of arms. In theory, the account will be passed down to one Successor of St. Peter to the next. The archive is provided by Vatican News.
The @Pontifex Twitter account under the papacy of Pope Benedict XVI.
After the papal resignation, all nine accounts of @Pontifex were cleared of all tweets and the famous sede vacante “umbrella” replaced the papal coat of arms.
The @Pontifex Twitter account under Sede Vacante.
The Tweets of Pope Benedict XVI
The original SPL image commemorating Pope Benedict XVI’s Twitter account.
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Let us pray for our Pontiff, Pope Francis. The Lord preserve him and give him life, and make him blessed upon the earth, and deliver him not up to the will of his enemies. Our Father, Hail Mary.
Almighty and everlasting God, by whose Spirit the whole body of the Church is sanctified and governed; mercifully hear our humble supplications for all degrees and orders therein; that, by the gift of Your grace, all in their several stations may faithfully serve You. Through Christ Our Lord. Amen.