Pope Francis became the first pope to have a personal Instagram account

By Maria Mercedes Lara
Updated March 19, 2016 08:15 AM
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Pope Francis is making history yet again – this time becoming the first pontiff with a personal Instagram account.

Yes, the pope himself officially joined Instagram on Saturday under the name “Franciscus.” The news shouldn’t be too surprising – the Vatican’s official communication department announced that the new account was coming earlier this week and Francis met with Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom earlier this year. (Plus, he’s already mastered the art of the selfie.)

For his first post, Francis shared a shot of himself praying along with the word “Pray for me” in various languages.

The wildly popular Francis – who became pope in 2013 after Pope Benedict XVI stepped down – already has a personal Twitter account under the name “Pontifex.” The pontiff’s personal account are popular on social media – his Twitter has nearly 9 million followers while the English language version of the Vatican’s official Twitter account (newsva_en) has a little over 25,000 followers.

Meanwhile, Francis and Vatican fans can keep in touch with papal news through the Vatican’s official Facebook and Instagram accounts.