Pope Francis Now on Instagram

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

The Pontiff made his Instagram debut Saturday, with a photo of him kneeling in prayer.

The accompanying message said "pray for me", in nine languages.

A Vatican communications official said that the Instagram account will allow people to share the Pope's "gestures of tenderness and mercy."

Pope Francis already has a strong presence on social media.

He has more than 26-million followers on Twitter.

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