Date
23 March 2017
Pope Francis says he is taking a journey on Instagram, adding to his growing presence on social media. He has 26 million followers on Twitter. Photo: The Guardian
Pope Francis says he is taking a journey on Instagram, adding to his growing presence on social media. He has 26 million followers on Twitter. Photo: The Guardian

Twitter-loving Pope takes to Instagram

You may now see the Pope — on Instagram, that is.

Pope Francis tweeted the news of his Instagram debut then posted an image of himself in prayer on the photo-sharing site.

“I am beginning a new journey, on Instagram, to walk with you along the path of mercy and the tenderness of God,” he tweeted. 

The Pope’s first post features him kneeling in prayer, with the caption “Pray for me” in multiple languages.

On the eve of the Instagram account launch, a Vatican communications official, Monsignor Dario Vigano, told Vatican Radio that the pope believes images can reveal many things, The Telgraph reports.

Vigano also said that the Instagram account will allow people to share the pope’s “gestures of tenderness and mercy”.

The pope’s account will use the name @Franciscus, his name in Latin.

The pontiff has more than 26 million followers on Twitter, according to Bloomberg.

The Telegraph compiled some of his best tweets his Instagram account wil have to live up to.

“Vanity not only distances us from God: it makes us look ridiculous.”

“Never has humanity had such power over itself, yet nothing ensures that it will be used wisely.”

And this: “The earth, our home, is beginning to look more and more like an immense pile of filth.”

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