Pope spreads social media net wider

After global success on Twitter, Pope Francis is spreading his social media net even wider, by setting up an Instagram account @popefrancis.

The Pope has racked up millions of followers on Twitter, and now hopes to offer inspiration to even more people via the popular photo sharing site.

Since news of Pope Francisí profile hit the headlines his number of Instagram followers has shot up to in excess of 13,000.

The Vatican itself is also on the Instagram site and its @newsva feed has around 16,000 followers. Posts on the feed include shots of the Vatican itself, and crowds waiting to see the Pope.

The photos they upload often showcase the Popeís approachability and his closeness to the people. But above all, itís about the quality of the message their images convey.