The pope is now on Twitter—and, yes, his tweets will be official church doctrine

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As of this morning, the pope is on Twitter at @pontifex. And, no pressure on the pontiff, but the Catholic Church has already declared that anything he tweets will be part of the church’s magisterium, although it’s not clear yet whether his pronouncements in this medium will be considered infallible.

The pope’s first tweet will arrive on December 12. Anyone who has questions for the Pope can tweet them with the hashtag #askpontifex, says the Vatican’s official twitter account. Which, let’s be honest, feels like a disaster waiting to happen. Already, a search for top tweets including “pontifex” turns up a number of wags ready to score points off the leader of the Catholic Church, whose followers—on Twitter, at least—appear to be swelling at the rate of at least 20,000 an hour.

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The pope will also be tweeting in at least six other languages: German…

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