Pope Francis' New Instagram Account Already Has Over 750,000 Followers

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Pope Francis has already acquired over 750,000 followers mere hours after registering an official papal Instagram account, and is well on his way to breaking a million before the end of the day.

Francis' account, which uses the handle "Franciscus," currently has two photos, both of the pontiff praying.

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Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom commemorated the pontiff's first Instagram with one of his own, writing "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."

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As CNN Money notes, Instagram is growing quickly in a number of predominantly Catholic countries, including "Mexico, France, Italy and Brazil."

Since the pope joined Twitter using the handle @pontifex, he has picked up an astonishing 8.9 million followers.