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Pope Francis posts first Instagram photo

Pope Francis posts first Instagram photo
 
Pope Francis is extending his social media reach.
 
The pontiff on Saturday shared his first Instagram photo. The image shows Francis praying, and is captioned “pray for me” in a variety of languages. His username is @franciscus.
 
 
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The pope took to his popular Twitter account to discuss his branching out into Instagram.
 
“I am beginning a new journey, on Instagram, to walk with you along the path of mercy and the tenderness of God,” Francis tweeted Saturday morning.
 
The pontiff has nearly nine million Twitter followers. 
 
His Instagram following started at a few thousand people Saturday morning but was growing exponentially by the minute.