Hold onto your phone: Pope Francis has officially joined Instagram.

We were all hoping this day would come and it finally has! Building on top of the popularity of his NINE Twitter accounts, Pope Francis will now master a new social media platform, joining the list of Instagram accounts guaranteed to make you smile.

Just hours ago, he shared the exciting news with his nearly 9 MILLION English-speaking followers, tweeting:

Securing the handle @franciscus, Pope Francis 鈥 or, rather, the Vatican鈥檚 social media team (yes, that exists) 鈥 posted his first snap at 7:27 AM EST and captioned it in nine languages:

鈥淧ray for me

Rezad por m铆

Pregate per me

氐賱賵丕 賲賳 兀噩賱賷

Priez pour moi

M贸dlcie si臋 za mnie

Rezem por mim

Betet f眉r mich

Orate pro me鈥

Just a few hours later came a second photo, which was seen by 621K followers and counting. 鈥淚nstagram will help recount the papacy through images, to enable all those who wish to accompany and know more about Pope Francis鈥 pontificate to encounter his gestures of tenderness and mercy,鈥 Msgr. Dario E. Vigan貌, prefect of the Vatican鈥檚 Secretariat for Communications, explained in a statement.

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The big news comes only a month after Pope Francis met with Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom in Rome. The social media mogul couldn鈥檛 help but share his excitement, captioning this photo: 鈥淲atching Pope Francis post his first photo to Instagram today was an incredible moment. @franciscus, welcome to the Instagram community! Your messages of humility, compassion and mercy will leave a lasting mark.鈥

Is it too much to hope for some papal #selfies showcasing the 79-year-old鈥檚 charm and #PopeLife? We hope not! He is, after all, the 鈥淐ool Pope鈥 for a reason.

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