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Pope Benedict to start tweeting

Pope Benedict XVI is to start tweeting from a personal Twitter account.

Benedict, 85, sent his first tweet from a Vatican account last year when he launched the Vatican's news information portal.

The new Twitter account will be his own, though it is doubtful that Benedict himself will wrestle down his encyclicals, apostolic exhortations and other papal pronouncements into 140-character bites.

Benedict, who writes longhand and does not normally use a computer, will more likely sign off on tweets written in his name.

His spokesman, the Rev Federico Lombardi, said details about Benedict's handle and other information will come when the Vatican officially launches the account.

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