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Pope Francis Is Now On Instagram

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BY ELIZABETH GRIFFIN | Mar 20, 2016 | Culture

Pope Francis will now be known as @franciscus (Latin for Francis) to the hundreds of millions of Instagram users around the world. On Saturday, Instagram's founder and CEO Kevin Systrom shared a video of the Pontiff signing on to one of the world's most popular social platforms for the very first time.

Pope Francis launching on Instagram. Welcome @Franciscus!

Posted by Kevin Systrom on Saturday, March 19, 2016


Here's another version, this from the Pope's own feed:


In the video, the Holy Father says, "I am beginning a new journey to walk with you along the way of God's mercy and tenderness."

Earlier this week, the Vatican alerted the public to the Pope's intent to join Instagram with the release of the following statement: "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." 

For his inaugural post on Instagram, uploaded around noon in Italy, the Pope chose a photo of himself kneeling in prayer and captioned the photo, "Pray for me" in nine languages. 


From: Esquire US.