Recently it was announced that Pope Benedict's new Twitter handle is @pontifex.
Why did he pick this name, and what does it mean, anyway?
The word's origin is more surprising than you might think!
Other Possible Names
Pope Benedict might have picked other names. Some plausible ones include:
Why didn't he pick any of these?
I would suggest two reasons.
Some May Already Be Taken
People have already been using some of the plausible papal Twitter handles, and Twitter does not easily reassign such names.