Este 26 de febrero el papa Francisco recibió al CEO y co-fundador de Instagram, Kevin Systrom, en el Palacio Apostólico del Vaticano, para hablar sobre el poder de las imágenes, pues según la compañía, tienen la fuerza de unir a las personas sin importar fronteras, culturas y generaciones.

Systrom compartió el momento de su encuentro con el vicario de Cristo: “Hoy tuve el honor de conocer al papa Francisco. Hablamos sobre el poder que las imágenes tienen para unir a la gente alrededor del mundo. ¡Ha sido una de las experiencias más memorables de mi vida!”, publicó Systrom.

Durante la visita, el empresario le entregó al sumo pontífice un libro con diez fotografías de eventos que tuvieron un gran impacto en el mundo durante los últimos años. Entre ellas se encuentra una de la migración de refugiados del Medio Oriente a Europa, otra de las protestas en Baltimore y hasta el terremoto que ocurrió en Nepal.

Aquí tienes las diez fotos que fueron incluidas en el libro que Systrom le regaló al papa.

© Adriana Zehbrauskas @adrianazehbrauskas Tixtla de Guerrero, Mexico, March 24th, 2015: Angel, 8, tries to grab the star balloon his aunt had just brought home from work. It was another weekday at home for him since teachers at his school had been attending protest marches in the region. Angel's dad, Adán Abrajan de la Cruz, is one of the 43 people from the Ayotzinapa Teachers Rural School that went missing last year in Iguala, Guerrero, after being ambushed by the local police and allegedly handed over to a drug cartel. — Our mission at LensCulture is to discover and share the best in contemporary photography. At the start of 2015, we decided to expand this mission onto Instagram: each week, we selected one photographer, from anywhere in the world, and asked them to share their work with our audience. The effort has been a resounding success: not only are the photographers thrilled to share their work, but our audience has really responded. In January 2015, we had less than 1,000 fans—today, we have almost reached 150,000! To thank and celebrate all the photographers who contributed their work in this past year, we have asked them to share one final photograph for 2015. Some of them offered a few words about why they chose this particular photograph. Others simply wanted to let the image speak for itself. We hope you enjoy these photographs—and have a great start to 2016!

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"Treating women as second-class citizens is a bad tradition. It holds you back. There’s no excuse for sexual assault or domestic violence. There’s no reason that young girls should suffer genital mutilation. There’s no place in civilized society for the early or forced marriage of children. These traditions may date back centuries; they have no place in the 21st century." —President Obama remarked today during his trips to Kenya and Ethiopia. Last month, the Ethiopian government reiterated its commitment to better support girls at the National Girl Summit held for the first time in its capital. “We all have an obligation to fight and eliminate harmful traditional practices that are violating the rights of girls who will take over as the future leaders,” said of Ethiopia's Deputy Prime Minister H.E. Demeke Mekonne.We look forward to our leaders continuing to speak out against child marriage and other practices that harm women and girls. @tooyoungtowed #letgirlslearn #endchildmarriage #girls #women #tooyoungtowed

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Back in 1993 the United Nations General Assembly designated March 22nd as #WorldWaterDay. Leading up to this day of celebrating water I’ll share a few stories from the archive. I took this photo on May 24, 2009 in a makeshift refugee camp in Swabi, #Pakistan. When the Pakistani army launched a series of military operations against Taliban insurgents in the Swat Valley those who could flee left their homes and became a refugee, otherwise known as internally displaced persons, or IDPs in short. Along with thousands of other families, this boy set up his temporary home on a recently harvested wheat field in what became known as the Chota Lahore refugee camp. Although delivery trucks were distributing potable water twice a day it was barely enough for the newly arrived. This boy patiently waited for the younger kids to fill their jerry cans before he submerged his own in the irrigation ditch to pull #water. #refugees #watercrisis #azdarya @azdarya

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