Brace yourselves for ‘Holy’ selfies

Pope Francis will join the photo sharing website -Instagram on Saturday, prefect of the Vatican Secretariat for Communications, Mg Dario Vigano said in a statement. Pope Francis, who has just got about nine million Twitter followers, has shown his expanding enthusiasm for the tech world. Francis’s interest in the Internet was seen in January when he spoke out against online trolls. He also met Eric Schmidt of Google and Apple’s CEO, Tim Cook in this regard. Francis is a major player on Twitter. He tweets in nine languages, including Latin under the @Pontifex handle. The move to join Instagram is anticipated as it is now growing faster than Twitter with some 400 million users worldwide. The Pontiff met the CEO of the Instagram, Kevin Systrom at the Vatican last month where they discussed the power of images to unite people across different cultures and languages. In a post on his own account, Systrom said, “It was by far one of the most memorable experiences of my life!” The date for the debut was chosen by the 79-year-old himself as it marks the third anniversary of his inauguration as the leader of the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics. Selena Gomez and Taylor Swift have the biggest following on Instagram, with 69 million followers each.

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