Talk about something we never thought we’d say! Pope Francis joined Instagram! The pontiff is now on the social media platform as franciscus, and has already posted his first photo! Wow!
Praise the Lord, Pope Francis has joined Instagram! The pontiff joined Instagram on March 18, grabbing the handle @franciscus. He’s already posted his first photo, a solemn, professional shot of himself bowed in prayer, likely at the Vatican. We can’t believe it!
Welcome to Instagram, Pope Francis! The pontiff’s first Instagram was captioned “Pray for me” in English, followed by translations in Spanish, Italian, Arabic, French, Polish, Portuguese, German, and Latin. Spectacular! While his arrival on Instagram is truly stunning, plans to join the social media site were in place for some time.
Pope Francis met with Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom in February 2016, possibly to discuss this move. Kevin reported that he discussed with the pope “the power of images to unite people across different cultures and languages.” Or maybe how to create an Instagram account for the pope?
In an interview with Vatican Radio, posted March 18, the Vatican’s Prefect of the Secretariat for Communications, Monsignor Dario Vigano said the pope’s decision to join Instagram came from his belief that “images can reveal many things.” Per Monsignor Vigano, “the aim is to tell the story of this Pontificate through images allowing people who want to follow or know more about the pope to see and share his gestures of tenderness and mercy. The images that will be posted on Instagram will emphasize the qualities of closeness and inclusion that Pope Francis lives out in his daily life.”
Pope Francis is going to get this Instagram thing down in no time at all. After all, he has over 9 million followers on his wildly popular Twitter account, @pontifex! Not only that, but he’s got his selfie game on lock. Pope Francis posed for a selfie with a lucky young man, Kristupas Vorobjovas, 11, outside the US Vatican Embassy during his historic visit to the United States. Love it!
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