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Pope Francis Gains 1 Million Instagram Followers Under 12 Hours

Pope Francis has set a new record on image sharing social media platform, Instagram, gaining 1 million followers under twelve hours.

The record for the fastest growing account was previously held by English football legend, David Beckham, who earned the same amount of followers in 24 hours.

The spiritual leader made the announcement to join Instagram on Thursday, March 17, 2016, a few weeks after his meeting with Kevin Systrom, the CEO of the image sharing site.

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Systrom was also on hand to lend his support, both technical and friendly to the Pope.

The Instagram boss made a post expressing his excitement as the Catholic head joined the social media platform.

Pope Francis, Kevin SystromPope Francis, shaking hands with CEO of Instagram, Kevin Systrom

“Watching Pope Francis post his first photo to Instagram today was an incredible moment.”

“@Franciscus, welcome to the Instagram community! Your messages of humility, compassion and mercy will leave a lasting mark.”

The Pope’s Instagram handle will be managed by members of the Vatican, just like his Twitter profile which already has 8.89m followers.

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