(CNN) - Pope Benedict the 16th is now tweeting. He sent his first tweet early Wednesday.
"Dear friends, I am pleased to get in touch with you through Twitter. Thank you for your generous response. I bless all of you from my heart," he tweeted.
His Twitter handle - @Pontifex - means "bridge builder" in Latin, according to the Britannica Online Encyclopedia.
The pope already has close to one million followers.