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Posted: March 19, 2016

Pope Francis is now on Instagram

(Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images)
Franco Origlia/Getty Images
(Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images)

By Cox Media Group National Content Desk

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It's official: the pope is now on Instagram.

Unlike previous reports that have herald Pope Francis' appearance on the social media site, his "franciscus" account was verified before his first post went up Saturday morning.

A photo of the pontiff solemn and praying garnered thousands of comments and likes within just minutes of going live.

The new account is likely to further bolster Pope Francis' social media presence. He already has an active Twitter account, which he used to announce his “new journey” on Instagram Saturday.

It's unclear whether the move will bring the pope around to Facebook. He previously declined to join the social media site due to fears over people posting abusive comments, according to Quartz.

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