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Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom met with Pope Francis on Friday to discuss “the power of images to unite people across different cultures and languages,” according to a post on Systrom’s account.
The meeting took place at the Apostolic Palace in the Vatican.
“Today I had the honor of meeting Pope Francis,” Systrom wrote. “It was by far one of the most memorable experiences of my life!”
According to an Instagram spokesperson, Systrom gave Pope Francis a book with ten specially-selected Instagram photos taken around the world.
The handpicked photos captured migrants in the Middle East, climate change in the arctic and the aftermath of the Nepalese earthquake.
Today I had the honor of meeting Pope Francis. We spoke about the power of images to unite people across different cultures and languages. It was by far one of the most memorable experiences of my life!
A photo posted by Kevin Systrom (@kevin) on Feb 26, 2016 at 4:40am PST
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The Official Vatican Network also posted a photo of the meeting on Instagram, along with the caption that this was “more than a photo op.” The post contained the hashtags: #PopeFrancis #PapaFrancisco #PapaFrancesco #Vatican #Vaticano #YearofMercy #catholic.
More Than a Photo Op Pope Francis meeting today at the Vatican with the CEO and Co-founder of Instagram, Kevin Systrom #PopeFrancis #PapaFrancisco #PapaFrancesco #Vatican #Vaticano #YearofMercy #catholic
A photo posted by News.va (@newsva) on Feb 26, 2016 at 8:40am PST
Pope Francis and the Vatican have gravitated to social media and used various platforms to maintain contact and communicate with Catholics around the world.
The move is one of several changes the current pope has brought about to make himself more personable and approachable.
Systrom co-founded Instagram, which launched in October 2010. By December of that year, the app had one million users. Instagram announced in September 2015 that it had 400 million members.