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VATICAN CITY (Web Desk) – Pope Francis hit one million Instagram followers within 12 hours of launching his account yesterday.

Within an hour of signing up to the photo-sharing app he had gained 10,000 followers.

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Not bad for someone who has only posted two photos so far but there are an estimated 1.2 billion Roman Catholics in the world.

He is using the name @Franciscus, Latin for Francis.

The first photo wasn’t a selfie; it was a picture showing Pope Francis kneeling with his head bowed in prayer.

A photo posted by Pope Francis (@franciscus) on

The accompanying caption reads “Pray for me” and is repeated in eight other languages.

The account won’t be maintained by Pope Francis himself – other people within the Vatican will be responsible for the content.

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The Pope is no stranger to social media, he already has a Twitter account using the handle @Pontifex.

He used that to announce his presence on Instagram.

The Pope’s move comes at a time when the Vatican is trying to engage with younger Catholics through the use of social media.