Popular on Twitter, Pope Francis now has an Instagram account


Pope Francis is officially on Instagram!Instagram chief executive and co-founder Kevin Systrom met up with Pope Francis earlier this month.Five hours after his announcement on Twitter and his first photo post, the pope had 575,000 followers on Instagram. He gained 1 million followers in just under 12 hours.Instagram is yet another way for the Pope to spread his message through social media as he has been trying to do through his 8.9 million followers on Twitter. Instagram, which was acquired by social media giant Facebook in 2012, had over 400 million users as of the end of February.Note: Find ICN editor Jo Siedlecka on Instagram here: “JOSIEDLECKA”. 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 meA photo posted by Pope Francis (@franciscus) on Mar 19, 2016 at 4:24am PDTLike us on FacebookThe second picture also shows Pope praying near the cross.Pope Francis leads the Palm Sunday mass in St Peter’s square on March 20, 2016 in Vatican.The duo convened at the Apostolic Palace where they discussed the “power of images to unite people across borders, cultures and generations”.On the eve of the launch of Pope Francis’ account on the photo sharing platform, Monsignor Dario Vigano, Vatican communications official, told Vatican Radio that the pope believes photos can reveal a lot of things.An elated Systrom wrote on Pope Francis joining Instagram, calling it an “incredible moment”.Pope Francis later posted a video saying “I want to walk with you along the way of God’s mercy and tenderness”.The Pope noted the 31st World Youth Day, commemorated on Sunday, which will culminate in the “great world Meeting in Krakow”, Poland, this summer. Turkey, Iran agree on Syria’s territorial integrity
Trade between the two nations was $9.7 billion (8.8 billion euros) in 2015, according to the Turkish Statistical Institute. It also takes place days before the planned resumption of Syrian peace talks in Geneva.