Pope Francis' Twitter account - @pontifex - has reached a milestone: 40 million followers in 9 languages. That number is significant in what it represents for the Holy Father, who. like his predecessor, Benedict XVI. desires to be a Christian witness among many on the "Digital Continent". especially through social media. Pope Francis is also on Instagram where he shares photos and videos under his @franciscus handle. The Pope takes great care of his social profiles to such an extent that he carefully checks all tweets and photos before they are published.