Pope Francis joins Instagram on March 19 as @Franciscus

Pope Francis welcoming Instagram CEO, Kevin Systrom last month at the Vatican

In a bid to woo to the younger generation to the Catholic faith and to connect with the younger Catholics, Pope Francis will be joining Instagram this week. Specifically, it would be on Saturday, 19th of March as he celebrates the third anniversary of inauguration. He will use the handle @Franciscus

Pope Francis is already on Twitter. He tweets in nine languages using @Pontiflex with the English account followed by nearly 9 million people and the Spanish one by more than 11 million.

Kevin Systrom, Instagram’s CEO and co-founder, met Pope Francis at the Vatican in February, later revealing they had discussed “the power of images to unite people across different cultures and languages”. This is what he said on his Instagram page – “Today I had the honor of meeting Pope Francis. We spoke about the power of images to unite people across different cultures and languages. It was by far one of the most memorable experiences of my life!”

Francis’s interest in the internet was underlined in January when he spoke out against online trolls. He has also hosted major figures in the new digital economy, including the Google boss Eric Schmidt and Apple chief Tim Cook.

Source: Innovation Village

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