Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI launched the papacy on Twitter in early December 2012, and starting in March 2013, Pope Francis launched it into the social-media stratosphere.
Curently, @Pontifex boasts over 26M followers on all the various accounts in different languages, with 8.49M on the English account alone.
Then, a couple of days go, the pope — known for taking selfies with fans — has launched an account on the visually oriented Instagram app. The account, under Franciscus — which already has nearly 2M followers — is headlined with this quote:
“I want to walk with you along the way of God’s mercy and tenderness.”
Today (March 21), the the second video was posted (the first depicts the pontiff launching the account on a tablet). It reaches out to the victims of the March 22 Islamist terror attack on an airport and subway in Brussels, Belgium, for which the pope has already offered prayers, saying:
To all, I ask that you persevere in prayer and in asking the Lord in this Holy Week to comfort the hearts of the afflicted and to convert the hearts of those people taken in by cruel fundamentalism.
Click here to watch it.
Right now, Franciscus isn’t following anyone else on Instagram — but it’ll be big news if that happens (especially if it’s FamilyTheaterProds).
Image: Franciscus Official Instagram account