On Monday, the world awakened to news that Pope Benedict XVI has become the first pontiff to resign since the 15th century.
But the social media community was, it seemed, almost as stunned by the fact that the Pope’s massive Twitter base wasn’t informed of the decision. That is, while the Vatican make a spectacle of the Pope’s decision to join Twitter some time again, no word of the resignation was mentioned on the Pope’s official Twitter page.
“In an attempt to appear more in touch with Roman Catholics, the Vatican established Twitter accounts for the pope last December 12th,” says David Kroll of Forbes. “His main English account, @Pontifex, has over 1.5 million followers as of this posting, a remarkable number for someone who has only posted 34 tweets, seven of which came on his opening day barrage.”
The 85-year-old Pope cited health reasons for his decision to step down, which will take place February 28.