Minutes after Jorge Mario Bergoglio gave his first address as Pope Francis I, the Vatican sent a Tweet from the papal Twitter account: "HABEMUS PAPAM FRANCISCUM."
The Tweet, roughly translated from Latin, means "We have Pope Francis."
"It seems unimaginable that one could continue to use a communication tool so popular and powerful during the sede vacante period," Vatican Radio said at the time, in reference to the period where no pope presided over the world's 1.2 billion Catholics.
The Twitter handle is not name-specific. The word "pontifex" comes from the Latin word meaning "bridge builder."
Tweets sent during Benedict's papacy have seemingly been deleted. The account's only followers are the other @Pontifex accounts that send out Tweets in different languages.