The Pope TwitterPope Benedict XVI entered the twitterverse yesterday with his very first iPad tweet sent from on high. The holy message? Hawking his new online Vatican news organization.

"Dear Friends, I just launched News.va Praised be our Lord Jesus Christ! With my prayers and blessings, Benedictus XVI," he tweeted.

The Pope, unlike the Dalai Lama, does not have a personal Twitter account, as of yet. Instead he has been using the Vatican's official Tweet feed (@news_va_en) -- a feed that can expect a bump in popularity now that it is the Pope's official portal to the digital universe.

As of this morning, the Vatican's English language Twitter was gaining approximately 1,424 followers per hour, according to PopEater's calculations. That's not nearly as rapid a pace as celebrity accounts like those of Charlie Sheen or talk show host, Conan O'Brien, both of whom joined Twitter as part of separate media melees.