Follow the Pope (on Twitter) for your stairway to heaven

Follow the Pope’s Twitter account and you will be granted “indulgences” which reduce the time Catholics will have to spend in Purgatory before ascending to heaven.

However, it’s not quite as simple as clicking on the big blue ‘follow’ button like the Pope’s 2,695,130 Twitter followers have done.

Archbishop Claudio Maria Celli, head of the pontifical council for social communication said that indulgences were granted to people who do things like climb the Sacred Steps in Rome, or attend Catholic World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro which starts on 22 July.

“You can’t obtain indulgences like getting a coffee from a vending machine,” he said.

However, he understood that not everyone can afford to jet off to Brazil or Rome, so he said that those who follow the events using media will also qualify for an indulgence – this includes Twitter. But you must follow the live stream of the events. Of course you must.