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Instagram CEO Meets With the Pope to Discuss the Power of Images Kevin Systrom presented a book of 10 images from the photo sharing platform to Pope Francis.

By Carly Okyle

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Pope Francis meeting at the Vatican with the CEO and Co-founder of Instagram, Kevin Systrom.

Sure, those #nofilter images of your tropical vacation are cool, but they can't beat a selfie with His Holiness at the Apostolic Palace.

Google's Eric Schmidt had his 15 minutes with the Holy See, and now Instagram's founder and CEO Kevin Systrom had the opportunity for some face time with Pope Francis when the two met Friday to discuss the power of images. Systrom illustrated his point by bringing a book of 10 images from the photo sharing platform, Time reports.The book included pictures from the earthquake in Nepal, the protests in Baltimore and the refugee crisis in the Middle East.

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Last year, Systrom told Time, "We believe you can see the world happening in real time through Instagram. And I think that's true whether it's Taylor Swift's 1989 tour … or an important moment like a protest overseas, or a march like "Je suis Charlie' in Paris … [At] the end of the day, there's no better way to consume what's happening in the world other than images and video."

Related: 5 Ways to Create More Compelling and Viral Instagram Content

Accompanying Systrom were two other Instagram executives: Charles Porch, who is in charge of the company's global creative programs, and David Swan, head of communications.

Founded in 2010 and acquired by Facebook in 2012, Instagram now has more than 400 million users. Though Pope Francis does not have an instagram account, he is on Twitter.
Carly Okyle

Assistant Editor, Contributed Content

Carly Okyle is an assistant editor for contributed content at Entrepreneur.com.

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