Pope Francis paused for his first selfie this week at a Vatican event.
The Pope’s selfie wasn’t actually taken by the new recruit best known for his humble leanings and regard for the common man. But for all intents and purposes, His Holiness posed for one with a small group of teens in the seat of the Catholic Church in Vatican City.
The Pope’s selfie even adorably features the same kind of self-conscious half-smile characteristic of the self-taken shot whose neologistic name was added this week to the Oxford English Dictionary.
And what better way to legitimize “selfie” than to have the man who is BFF with the Big Man engage in the behavior just as it hits the big time? The word “selfie” is definitely having the best week ever.
WTOP explains how the Pope’s selfie came to be, as part of a larger outreach to young Catholics:
“On Wednesday, Pope Francis posed for a selfie with a group of young people who visited the Vatican. He snapped the photo inside St. Peter’s Basilica with the group from the Italian Diocese of Piacenza and Bobbio who came to Rome for a pilgrimage, according to the Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano.”
While His Holiness is rollin’ deep with five homies taking selfies, maybe you aren’t yet familiar with the term. The OED official definition of “selfie” will enlighten you:
noun (plural selfies)
occasional selfies are acceptable, but posting a new picture of yourself every day isn’t necessary
The Pope’s selfie from the teen’s angle has yet to hit the web. As as far as we know, His Holiness has not attempted twerking just yet.