Vatican will shut down pope's twitter account

February 22, 2013 9:54:01 AM PST
The Vatican has a centuries-old task at hand in selecting Pope Benedict's successor but they've already made a 21st Century decision when it comes to his twitter account.

@Pontifex is the pope's twitter handle and it's followed by more than 2 million people. Friday Vatican radio has announced once Benedict leaves office next week, they'll go ahead and close the account.

The pope has only posted two tweets in english during lent.

There's no word yet on whether his successor will open a twitter account yet.