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Pope Sends Tweets With His iPad

NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- The Catholic Church is looking to increase its following and attract a new audience, via social media. Pope Benedict XVI sent his first tweets Wednesday, using Twitter to spread his message.

And naturally, the pontiff used a tablet to send the messages. What tablet did he use? An Apple (AAPL - Get Report) iPad, of course.

If you look at the bottom of the tablet which Pope Benedict XVI used, you can see the standard 30-pin connector that Apple used exclusively for its devices. It's unclear what version of the iPad the pope was using, though it's a good bet it was either the iPad 2 or third-generation iPad, judging by the smart cover on the tablet.

Apple changed the 30-pin connector with the fourth-generation iPad and iPhone 5, which now use the new Lightning connector.

The pope also gave away that he was using an iPad via his first tweet.

"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," he wrote, spreading his message to his nearly 800,000 followers. Though Twitter no longer shows which app you are using to tweet, other third-party apps do. Echofon (which I use exclusively, for full disclosure), shows that the Pope used Twitter for iPad for his first tweet.

His other tweets were sent using Tweetdeck, another popular Twitter application. Twitter acquired Tweetdeck in 2011.

Though Apple shareholders have been worrying whether the stock will ever hit $600 or $700 again, at least they can take comfort in knowing they have a powerful ally on their side.

-- Written by Chris Ciaccia in New York

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