Pope Francis set to get trendy on Instagram

Pope Francis has already conquered Twitter with other 8.87 million followers, and has now set his sites on joining his flock on Instagram

Instagram could soon be getting a little holier with the addition of papal selfies, as in a new interview Pope Francis has stated that he plans to launch his own Instagram account as early as next week.
The Vatican, which hosts its own verified Instagram account with close to 80,000 followers, might be up for some competition with the Pope who already boasts over 8 million Twitter followers.
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Pope Francis confirmed in an interview with spokesman Dario Viganò of ANSA that he plans to launch his own Instagram account by March 19th under the handle @Franciscus.
The pontiff has already met with Instagram founder Kevin Systrom earlier this year at the Vatican, with he latter posting a selfie with the Pope with the caption “We spoke about the power of images to unite people across different cultures and languages.”
If anything, Systrom’s caption points the fact that we unfortunately won’t be getting papal selfies and instead could feature videos and news stories about the Pope’s daily meditations or undertakings.
The papal Instagram account will likely be run by a designated team rather than by the pope himself, though – as on Pope Francis’ Twitter account – we could from time to time expect to see personal messages delivered across the network.
Pope Francis first went viral on Twitter following his first official visit to the United States, which triggered the use of special emojis across the social network as millions of Americans celebrated the pontiff’s arrival on their shores.
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