Pope Francis is now on Instagram

Igor Bonifacic

March 19, 2016 7:43pm

Pope Francis, the illest pontifex to ever sit on the Chair of Saint Peter, has joined Instagram.

On Saturday morning, the leader of the Catholic faith claimed the handle @francisus and posted his first image to the photo sharing service — a shot of the him praying, captioned “Pray for me”. He joins the more than 400-million users already on Instagram, and just in time to see the platform switch over to an algorithmic timeline.

In his first hour on the platform, the pope picked up 10,000 follower; as of the writing of this piece, he has garnered 700k followers.

A photo posted by Pope Francis (@franciscus) on

Those hoping to see Francis post selfies and shots of his meals will be disappointed. The Pope’s profile reads, “I want to walk with you along the way of God’s mercy and tenderness,” which is to say we probably won’t see his Holiness let loose anytime soon.

That said, all hope is not lost; as The Verge points, Pope Francis is actually no stranger to selfies. In 2013, Francis took the first known Papal selfie.

  • philnolan3d

    Not if it means supporting facebook.

  • I thought this was Mobile Syrup, not random internet garbage.

    • Patrick O’Rourke

      Oh no, is Instagram no longer a mobile app? Someone should have told us!

    • slothmang

      Don’t feed the trolls, they thrive on attention

    • It seemed sorta superficial yesterday, but I forgot how influential the pope is. I take what I said back.

  • Jack

    I don’t give s**t for any religion or religion leaders. Religion is a form of control for idi*ts.

  • OttoVonBismarck

    Maybe if the Catholic Church also decided to join the 21st century with some of their dogmatic thinking when it comes to social issues like the ordaining of women priests, abortion, euthanasia, and same sex marriage they’d look more relevant. Instagramming, Facebooking and Tweeting means nothing and doesn’t make an archaic institution any more relevant. Sorry.

  • Jonah Emery

    They say a picture is worth a thousand words, will I guess a Papal Instagram is worth a thousand fairy tales.

  • jar jar

    This comment section is so edgy

  • fruvous

    Can’t wait to see nude selfies of the pope.