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“I am beginning a new journey, on Instagram, to walk with you along the path of mercy and the tenderness of God.”

This is the Pope’s first photo of his “new journey on Instagram”

Adam Pasick
By Adam Pasick

Senior Editor

The pontiff is on Instagram, and he’s not a fan of the square crop.

Pope Francis kicked off his latest social networking foray today (March 20) with a non-selfie photograph of himself kneeling in prayer, along with a plea, “Pray for me,” that was translated into nine different languages.

The pope has been both a fan and a critic of social networks, saying they are ”a gift from God” and a “fully human” form of communication, but can also be a symptom of “radical loneliness.”

Instagram founder Kevin Systrom was on hand for the inaugural papal post:

The pope scored about 100,000 Instagram followers in his first hour.

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