Anglican leader's Christmas sermon to be live-tweeted

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The Archbishop of Canterbury's Christmas Day sermon this year will be the first to be live-tweeted by his office, a spokesman said Wednesday -- although the Anglican leader himself has yet to join Twitter.

Rowan Williams's sermon at Canterbury Cathedral on December 25 "will be the first time that Lambeth Palace has live-tweeted" such an address, the spokesman told AFP.

"Key phrases will be pulled out and tweeted as he is saying them."

Williams has never actually tweeted himself, the spokesman added -- and he is unlikely to start before stepping down from his post as leader of the world's 80 million Anglicans in March.

However, his successor, Justin Welby, currently the Bishop of Durham, is a keen user of Twitter and has said he has no plans to stop.

The Vatican announced this week that Pope Benedict XVI had opened a Twitter account, @pontifex, which swiftly attracted hundreds of thousands of followers.

© 2012 AFP

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