The Vatican has launched a probe after the Pope’s official Instagram account ‘liked’ a X-rated snap of a Brazilian model.
Officials are investigating just how the endorsement of the sexy schoolgirl-inspired picture happened, according to the Catholic News Agency.
It emerged that Pope Francis’ official Instagram account had clicked the ‘like’ button on bikini model Natalia Garibotto’s racy snap on November 13, along with 143,000 other fans, The Sun reports.
The Instagram picture shows Garibotto, 27, standing at a school locker with a pile of textbooks, while wearing a skimpy white cropped T-shirt and red tartan-checked skirt cut so short it reveals her bare bum.
The model said the pontiff’s verified Franciscus account was among the thousands that “liked” the October 5 image.
“My mum may hate my a** pics but the Pope be double-tapping,” she told the Barstool Sports blog, which also claimed to have seen the apparent papal seal of approval before it was removed.
“At least I’m going to heaven,” Garibotto joked with her 124,000 Twitter followers.
Sources told Catholic News Agency (CNA) that an internal probe is under way.
The ‘like’ was removed on November 14 after CNA asked the Vatican’s press office for comment.
The Pope’s social media accounts are managed by a team and not the pontiff himself, according to the CNA.
This article originally appeared on The Sun and was reproduced with permission