Pope Francis’ Instagram account has now reached four million followers. Unlike the Pope’s Twitter account, which is available in nine different languages, there is only one official Instagram account. Each Instagram post, though, is subtitled in numerous languages.
Followers of the @Franciscus Instagram account can keep up to date with the activities of the Holy Father thanks to photos of official events produced by the photography team of L’Osservatore Romano.
Speaking at the launch of the Pope’s Instagram account, the Prefect of the Vatican’s Secretariat for Communications, Monsignor Dario Viganò said the decision to open an Instagram account arises from the Pope’s conviction that pictures can reveal many things that words can’t. The aim of this papal Instagram account, he said, is to tell the story of the Pontificate of Pope Francis through images.
Pope Francis’ Twitter account in nine languages, has also increased in followers. The Pope has more than 35 million followers on nine language accounts. There has been a sharp increase in followers in the last month, especially on the English account @Pontifex which now has more than 11 million following his tweets. The papal Twitter account, opened by Pope Benedict XVI in December 2012, is among the most followed Twitter profiles in the world and the one that records the most re-tweets.