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Pope Francis blesses Instagram with his presence

'I am beginning a new journey, on Instagram.'


Audra Schroeder


Posted on Mar 19, 2016   Updated on May 27, 2021, 1:48 am CDT

Pope Francis already has Twitter on lock. Now he’s starting a “new journey.” On Saturday morning, the Pope announced that he’s on Instagram

So far, the account only has one post: a photo of the Pope deep in prayer. But the account didn’t appear out of the blue. Last month, Pope Francis met with Instagram’s CEO Kevin Systrom, who said in a post that they spoke of “the power of images to unite people across different cultures and languages.” This account obviously isn’t going to be all selfies and brunch photos.

The account already has more than 470,000 followers, and the Pope has his own custom emoji, so he’s off to a good start. 

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*First Published: Mar 19, 2016, 12:53 pm CDT