(KCEN) -- It's the beginning of a new era for the Vatican.
Yesterday Pope Benedict sent his first ever tweet, launching a new, more personalized evangelism campaign.
The pontiff will tweet in eight languages from his own personal handle @pontifex.
Pope Benedict sent the first tweet from his account at the end of his weekly general audience.
He said in Italian, "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."
More than a million people have responded to Pope Benedict's "follow me" invite.