From Sunday, it has been revealed, he will also be tweeting in Latin
. Within hours of the announcement, the Twitter username @pontifex_ln had nearly 2,000 followers. Countering the scepticism of those who suggest the universal Church's official language might not be an obvious tool for spontaneous exchange and debate, Manlio Simonetti, a professor in Christian history, told L'Osservatore Romano
: "Latin … is very well suited to the brevity necessary on new social networks, even more so than English."