Pope Francis’ new Instagram account hit one million followers within 12 hours of being launched on Saturday, breaking a record previously held by David Beckham.
The Pontiff’s account was launched with a photo of him — not a selfie — kneeling in prayer, asking followers to “pray for me” in 9 languages.
Pope Francis also broke the record for getting one million followers in record time, beating out David Beckham who reached a million in 24 hours.
The Pope’s Instagram handle is “Franciscus,” and while the account is separate from the official Vatican account, it will still be maintained by members of the Vatican. He also has a Twitter account maintained by others, according to CNN.
Inizio un nuovo cammino, per percorrere con voi la via della Misericordia e della tenerezza di Dio. Inicio un nuevo camino, para recorrer con ustedes el camino de la Misericordia y de la ternura de Dios. I want to walk with you along the way of God's Mercy and tenderness. Ich beginne einen neuen Weg, um mit euch den Weg der Barmherzigkeit und der Zärtlichkeit Gottes zu gehen. Je commence un nouveau chemin, pour parcourir avec vous la voie de la Miséricorde et de la tendresse de Dieu. Inicio um novo caminho, no Instagram, para percorrer com vocês a estrada da Misericórdia e da ternura de Deus.
The world was informed on Thursday that the Pope would join the ranks of millions of Instagram users. The news came a few weeks after Pope Francis met with Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom.
During their February meeting, the two reportedly discussed “the power of images to unite people across different cultures and languages.”
— Hollywood Reporter (@THR) March 20, 2016