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Pope Francis now has an Instagram account

Pope Francis now has an Instagram account
A man looks at the Instagram account of Pope Francis, which launched on March 19, 2016. (Gabriel Bouys / AFP / Getty Images)

Pope Francis is expanding his presence on social media with an Instagram account.

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The pontiff, who has more than 26 million followers on Twitter, made his debut Saturday on Instagram, a photo-sharing site.

On the eve of the launch, a Vatican communications official, Monsignor Dario Vigano, told Vatican Radio that the pope believes images can reveal many things. Vigano also said that the Instagram account will allow people to share the pope's "gestures of tenderness and mercy."

The pope's account will use the name @Franciscus, his name in Latin.

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