The Pope will soon be posting selfies of his own as he is set to join Instagram this week.
Pope Francis is no stranger to the digital world having in the past used new-age means of communications to share his views on a range of topics including climate change and gay marriage. The prefect for Communications, Monsignor Dario Viganò made the announcement on Vatican Radio.
The Pope will use the Instagram handle @Franciscus and will make his debut on the social media platform on March 19th. While Pope Francis has admitted to not being the most technologically savvy, he’s acknowledged the vital role technology plays in everyones lives, and in the past has referred to the Internet as “a gift from God.”
This announcement follows a meeting between Instagram CEO and co-founder Kevin Systrom and Pope Francis at the Vatican last month. Systrom met with The Pope to discuss the power of images and their ability to “unite people across borders, cultures and generations.” Systrom brought with him a curated book of 10 images that included photos from the earthquake in Nepal, the exodus of refugees from the Middle East, from inside North Korea, and of last year’s Baltimore protests.
It looks like The Pope might agree with Instagram and the importance of images. Be on the look out for Pope Francis’s first official selfie this weekend!