By Melony Roy

By Melony Roy

VATICAN CITY, Italy (CBS) — Pope Benedict XVI this morning sent what could possibly be the last tweet of his papacy.

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Just moments after Pope Benedict XVI left the altar in St. Peter’s Square, where he gave his last public address as pontiff, his official Twitter account, @Pontifex, released what could be his last tweet.

In his 38th tweet, Benedict says, “If only everyone could experience the joy of being Christian, being loved by God who gave his Son for us!”

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It is unclear whether the new pope will take over the @Pontifex account, but “Pontifex” was chosen as the pope’s handle because it not only means pope in Latin but also bridge-builder (see previous story).

Pope Benedict XVI gained over 1.5 million Twitter followers in just six weeks.

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