17:00 Thursday, 19 November 2020
The model joked “at least I’m going to heaven” after receiving the like.
The Vatican has said it’s looking into how Pope Francis’s official Instagram account like a racy photo of Brazilian model.
The ‘like’ was visible on Natalia Garibotto’s account on November 13th before being ‘unliked’ the next day, according to the Catholic News Agency (CNA).
Garibotto, who has 2.4 million Instagram followers, is also reported to have joked: “At least I’m going to heaven.”
Citing sources close to the Vatican’s press office, the CNA said an investigation was under way to determine how the photo came to be liked.
A Vatican spokesperson told the Guardian: “We can exclude that the ‘like’ came from the Holy See, and it has turned to Instagram for explanations.”
Pope Francis’s official Instagram account has 7.4 million followers and the account does not follow any others, while his Twitter boasts 18.8 Million followers.