Pope Francis has celebrated his third year in the role by joining Instagram, in what he describes as “beginning a new journey…to walk with you along the path of mercy and the tenderness of God”.
The Pope, who already has 8.89m followers on Twitter, opened his Instagram account on Saturday and posted his first image – a private moment of prayer, which he captioned: “Pray for me” in nine languages.
In less than an hour, the picture had gained the Pope more than 20,000 ‘likes’ from the 129,000 followers he had gathered since joining the social network – a number that was growing by thousands each minute.
Later, as his follower numbers passed the 500,000 mark, he posted a second picture and completed his short profile, writing: “I want to walk with you along the way of God’s mercy and tenderness”.
Instagram chief executive and co-founder Kevin Systrom was at the Vatican for the occasion and said: “Images transcend language and bring us all closer together.
“Pope Francis joins a global Instagram community who share a common passion for creativity and expression – his messages of humility and compassion will leave a lasting mark.”
Source: Sky News