Pope Benedict XVI has announced that he will resign from his post as the ultimate authority of the Catholic church on February 28. To find out how people feel about this historic move (Benedict XVI is the first Pope to actually resign in hundreds of years) one needs to look no further than Twitter.
There’s some sadness out there as Pope Benedict XVI vacates his post, but much like the reactions that went live after he started his own Twitter account, most tweeps are responding with playful sarcasm.
Maybe @pontifex was worried about Valentine’s Day and wanted the chance to find love in a Popeless place.
— IncrediblyRich (@IncrediblyRich) February 11, 2013
No pope has resigned since 1415, which is also the last time the Pittsburgh Pirates had a winning record. — Nate Silver (@fivethirtyeight) February 11, 2013
The Pope is hardly the first person to lose interest in their real job so soon after joining Twitter. — Sixth Form Poet (@sixthformpoet) February 11, 2013
Ailing Pope announces successor… Pauly Shore?!??!?Somebody make the movie. — Seth MacFarlane (@SethMacFarlane) February 11, 2013
Ok ppl, it’s time for us to rally around a new type of pope. A crime fighting batman type. 6’5 about 25 yo. And his side kick cardinal boy. — Donald Glover (@DonaldsDad) February 11, 2013
Is there a line around the Vatican for Pope auditions yet?
— marc maron (@marcmaron) February 11, 2013
From now on, when someone snarks you with “Is the Pope Catholic?” you can say “He’s not even the Pope anymore…” reuters.com/article/2013/0…
— KevinSmith (@ThatKevinSmith) February 11, 2013
And yes, a Former Pope Benedict Twitter account has launched.
Anyone know someone who wants to run the Catholic Church? (asking for a friend)
— Former Pope Benedict (@FormerPope) February 11, 2013
Pope Benedict XVI’s last tweet was on Sunday, just before the announcement:
We must trust in the mighty power of God’s mercy. We are all sinners, but His grace transforms us and makes us new.
— Benedict XVI (@Pontifex) February 10, 2013
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