Today, on his third anniversary as head of the Catholic Church and the Vatican, Pope Francis joined Instagram.
News of the Pope’s plan to launch an Instagram account emerged last week when the Prefect for Communications, Msgr Dario Viganò, confirmed it to Vatican Radio.
Pope Francis shared an image of a private moment of prayer, and welcomed the Instagram community to pray for him in nine languages from his new @Franciscus account:
“Pray for me
Rezad por mí
Pregate per me
صلوا من أجلي
Priez pour moi
Módlcie się za mnie
Rezem por mim
Betet für mich
Orate pro me”
Instagram CEO and Co-Founder Kevin Systrom was present at the Vatican today, and posted his own image of the moment.
“Images transcend language and bring us all closer together,” Systrom said. “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.”