(JNS.org) Israeli President Shimon Peres officially welcomed Pope Benedict XVI to the social network Twitter with a personal message, the Associated Press reported.
Despite Peres’s message, relations between the Vatican and Israel have been strained lately. The Vatican warmly welcomed the Palestinians, who recently upgraded to the same UN status as the Vatican, and also published a highly critical article of Israel’s recent Jerusalem construction announcement in its daily newspaper, L'Osservatore Romano.
The Vatican said that the Pope will tweet mostly on spiritual topics in more than eight languages starting December 12. However, the Pope whose twitter handle is @pontifex, will not be following anyone himself. Peres has also embraced social media. Earlier this year he met with Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, who helped him launch his official Facebook page.