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Pope Benedict Beats Justin Bieber at Twitter

OK, maybe the world really is ending: In addition to comparing same-sex marriage to communism, The Vatican’s official newspaper published a story today to announce that…Pope Benedict just achieved a higher re-tweet rate than Justin Bieber (thereby winning social media for the second time this month).

While Benedict’s two million followers (1.2 million in English alone) can’t quite compare to the 32 million Beliebers on Twitter, The Vatican wants the world to know that:

“50 percent of the pope’s followers had re-tweeted his first tweet on December 12 while only 0.7 percent of Bieber’s followers had re-tweeted one of the singer’s most popular tweets on September 26, when he commented on the death by cancer of a six-year-old fan.”

We agree–Bieber should be ashamed of his total inability to mobilize his millions of rabidly devoted followers. But we see this story as a net positive, because it’s nice to know that the Catholic Church finally has an influential voice in the public sphere after all these years.

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