Vatican Diary Silencing the Cardinals' Voices on Twitter

The leaders of the Catholic Church may have finally jumped on Twitter's 140-character bandwagon, but this week, as cardinals select a new pope, tweets are viewed as a sin.

The first decision a new pope makes, once he has accepted the role, is the name under which he will now be known. The choice of name symbolizes continuity and loyalty to the legacy of his predecessors. After this conclave, the pope will also have to select a new Twitter handle from which he will tweet to 1.2 billion believers around the world.