Pope Benedict offers blessings with his first tweet

Posted at 12/12/2012 7:17 PM | Updated as of 12/13/2012 8:19 AM

VATICAN CITY - After weeks of anticipation, Pope Benedict sent his first tweet on Wednesday.

"Dear friends, I am pleased to get in touch with you through Twitter. Thank you for your generous response. I bless all of you from my heart."

The tweet was sent when the 85-year-old pope tapped on a touch screen at the end of his weekly general audience in the Vatican before thousands of people.