(Vatican Radio) In response to numerous queries as to whether the Holy Father's twitter
account will be permanently shut down following his resignation, Msgr. Paul Tighe,
under-secretary of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications issued the following
The Twitter account @pontifex was created for the exclusive use of the Pope.
@pontifex will be inactive during the interim period between the renouncement of Pope Benedict XVI and the election of his successor (sede vacante).
@pontifex will be available for use by the next Pope as he may wish.