It is unclear when the photo – which shows Garibotto’s scantily clad buttocks – was first liked, but the interaction was visible on November 13, before it was disliked the day after the CNA approached the Holy See Press Office for comment, the news agency said. .
Now the Vatican said it is trying to get to the bottom of the incident.
“We are in touch with Instagram to find out what happened,” Vatican spokesman Matteo Bruni told CNN on Friday.
Facebook, which owns Instagram, told CNN: “The issue is currently being investigated in close contact with Holy Holy.”
Approx. 7.4 million people follow the pope on his official Instagram account, but the account follows no one back. There is no evidence that the pope himself liked the picture.