On Twitter, pope to get different type of followers

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Pope Benedict XVI waves as he arrives to lead a special audience for members of Interpol taking part in the 81st Interpol General Assembly at the VaticanVATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Benedict already has 1.2 billion "followers" in the standard sense of the word but he soon will have another type when he enters what for any 85 year old is the brave new world of Twitter. Vatican officials say the pontiff, who is known not to love computers and still writes most of his speeches by hand, will have his own handle by the end of the year. "It will be an officially verified channel," said a Vatican official. Primarily the tweets will come from the contents of his weekly general audience, Sunday blessings and homilies on major Church holidays. …