Instagram is everywhere—including Vatican City.
Pope Francis joined Twitter three years ago and has gained nearly 9 million followers. For his next communications venture, he branched out to Instagram.
An hour after signing up, the BBC reported that he had gained 10,000 followers. Here’s his first post, which was uploaded on Saturday:
The pope has chosen “Franciscus” as his handle, which means “Francis” in Latin.
“Instagram will help recount the papacy through images, to enable all those who wish to accompany and know more about Pope Francis’ pontificate to encounter his gestures of tenderness and mercy,” Msgr. Dario E. Viganò, prefect of the Vatican’s secretariat for communications, said in a statement.
Pope Francis reportedly met with Instagram chief executive Kevin Systrom last month:
It seems that the visit inspired Pope Francis to contribute his own powerful images to the social media platform.
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“In this way we can show those aspects of closeness and inclusion that Pope Francis lives every day,” Monsignor Viganò said.