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Pope Francis now has Instagram

Pope Francis (L) is welcomed by Cuban President Raul Castro at the International Airport Jose Marti in Havana, on February 12, 2016. Pope Francis landed in Cuba Friday to meet with the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, the first such encounter since the two branches of Christianity split a millennium ago. The 79-year-old pontiff, in his white robes, stepped off an Alitalia plane and shook hands with Cuban President Raul Castro on the tarmac at Jose Marti airport, where he was then due to sit down with the Russian Patriarch Kirill.   AFP PHOTO / YAMIL LAGE / AFP / YAMIL LAGE        (Photo credit should read YAMIL LAGE/AFP/Getty Images)

Pope Francis (L) is welcomed by Cuban President Raul Castro at the International Airport Jose Marti in Havana, on February 12, 2016. Pope Francis landed in Cuba Friday to meet with the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, the first such encounter since the two branches of Christianity split a millennium ago. The 79-year-old pontiff, in his white robes, stepped off an Alitalia plane and shook hands with Cuban President Raul Castro on the tarmac at Jose Marti airport, where he was then due to sit down with the Russian Patriarch Kirill. AFP PHOTO / YAMIL LAGE / AFP / YAMIL LAGE (Photo credit should read YAMIL LAGE/AFP/Getty Images)

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

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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