Popes: they’re just like us! Well, at least Pope Francis is, as he finally caved into what I’m sure was quite a bit of divine pressure and officially joined Instagram on what will no doubt become a new Sabbath day: March 19. The Pope’s arrival on Instagram comes just a few short weeks after Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom met with his holiness at the Vatican, so Systrom must’ve left quite the generous donation in the collection plate.
Since jumping on the Insta bandwagon, Pope Francis’ official account (@franciscus) has so far produced seven posts and garnered more than 1.6 million followers, which isn’t too shabby for a non-Kardashian. Since this is social media, the Pope will not be immune to scrutiny when it comes to his Instagram archive. Luckily, he’s off to a pretty solid start. Here’s an official ranking of Pope Francis’ first seven Instagram posts – let the controversy begin!
7. The “Experimental” Shot
Look, I’m all for experimenting with composition, but this photo looks like someone’s mad creeping on the Pope’s admittedly impressive bling through their peep hole. It’s got a stalker-ish vibe that just doesn’t sit right. Better luck next time.
6. The “Showing Off My Goods” Shot
By no means a bad photo, this one just doesn’t have much to digest. The angle isn’t the greatest, and it just screams a little bit of the Pope trying to show off all his majestic trinkets that us commoners will never have the privilege to possess. We get it, you’re the Pope!
5. The Requisite Video
There’s no nice way of putting this – the quality of this video is abysmal. The only reason it doesn’t rank dead last is because of the Pope’s natural charisma on camera, and the lovely message he’s sharing: “I want to walk with you along the way of God’s mercy and tenderness.”
4. The “Welcome to My World” Post
Pope Francis’ first Instagram post is exactly what you’d expect, and that’s perfectly acceptable for popping the old Insta cherry. The next few images pretty much show the Pope engaging in the same action – bowing his head in prayer – but this one does so in the most traditional way possible.
3. The “Summer Body” Shot
Spring is in the air, and like many Instagrammers, the Pope decided to post his first full-body shot to showcase the mad work he’s been putting in at the gym to get ready for swimsuit season. Though it looks a little like he feel asleep standing up, he can definitely pull off an all white ensemble better than anyone else.
2. The “No Filter Close-Up” Shot
This is a great image. You’ve got the Pope doing what he does best. You’ve got a beautifully positioned close-up shot. You’ve got a great object that adds depth and an extra visual element. And all of it is pulled off without any sort of filter or tinkering. Bravo.
1. The “Hand of God” Shot
The close-up shots are definitely the Pope’s strong suit. This one stands out as the best of the bunch because of its beautiful composition, and the simple message it conveys by only having the Pope’s ring adorned hand being showcased. What a great act of charity for Pope Francis to help make the man whose face he’s cradling become Insta-famous through his account. He’s the Pope for a reason!