Pope’s account ‘likes’ racy Instagram post; Vatican investigates

Pope’s account ‘likes’ racy Instagram post; Vatican investigates
Pope Francis crosses himself during an audience from the library of the apostolic palace in The Vatican on Wednesday. Source: AFP
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Daily US Times: The Vatican has said it is investigating after Pope Francis’s official Instagram account “liked” a photo of a scantily clad Brazilian model Natalia Garibotto.

It is unclear when the account “liked” the image of the model, who was dressed up in a school uniform outfit. The post shared by the model in early October

News outlets across the world first started reporting the move last Friday, before the image was “unliked” on the platform.

Officials in the Holy See are now investigating how this could have happened on the Pope’s account, which is under the user name franciscus.

On Thursday, a Vatican spokesperson told the Guardian newspaper: “We can exclude that the ‘like’ came from the Holy See, and it has turned to Instagram for explanations.”

The Pope’s official Instagram account has 7.4 million followers worldwide.

On Tuesday, Sources close to the Vatican’s press office told the Catholic News Agency that the accounts were “managed by a team of employees” and an internal investigation was now under way.

Ms Garibotto – who is also a streamer on the gaming website Twitch – has made light of the incident, as she tweeted: “At least I’m going to heaven.”

Instagram did not immediately respond to a request for comment from USA Today.

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