Vatican cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi said Wednesday that Jesus Christ was the world’s first tweeter by dolling out proverbs both “brief and full of meaning.”
Christ "used tweets before everyone else, with elementary phrases made up of fewer than 45 characters like 'Love one another',” Ravasi told a news conference.
"A bit like in television today, he delivered a message through a story or a symbol," he said.
Ravasi, who serves on the Pontifical Council for Culture, believes it is important for the clergy to understand and utilize social media and technology.
"If a cleric, a pastor is not interested in communication, they are defying their duty," he said.
In recent years, Fox News reported, the Vatican’s Internet presence has grown.
Pope Francis himself has more than three million Twitter followers in English alone, according to AFP.
The Pope is also accustomed to old-fashioned cold-calling and lengthy letters that have appeared in the Italian press.