Well, the Vatican revealed today that His Holiness' handle will be @Pontifex and he'll send his first tweet on December 12 — in Q&A format.
By 11:21 a.m. EST the Pope had 129,000-plus followers. By 11:46 that number was well over 138,000.
And he has getting @-mentioned like a mo-fo.
Some warm welcomes, some lame jokes, and a lot of inappropriate stuff, much of it NSFW.
Scottish comedian Frankie Boyle is among those shouting out to Benedict XVI in crude fashion:
.@pontifex Hi Pope. You know how the clergy are our line of communication with God? When priests shag kids does God feel it? Is he into it?
— Frankie Boyle (@frankieboyle) December 3, 2012
Rob Delaney, another comedian with a huge Twitter audience, chimed in:
.@pontifex My cousin Sean & I touched ween heads behind our grandparents’ barn when I was 7. Am I going to hell? Welcome to Tweeter!
— rob delaney (@robdelaney) December 3, 2012