The Vatican is investigating how Pope Francis’ official Instagram account “liked” a picture of a model in a schoolgirl outfit.
A Vatican spokesman told NBC News on Friday that it was seeking answers from the popular social media app.
“We are studying what happened using the competent office on Instagram,” said Matteo Bruni, director of the Vatican’s press office.
One team runs the pope’s social media accounts, but the Vatican believes “similar” came from an external source.
In the photo, which was posted on Natalia Garibotto̵
It was unclear when the pope’s official report gave the model his blessing, but “similar” was visible on November 13 before it disliked the following day, the Catholic news agency reported.
COY Co, Garibotto’s management company, did not waste time taking the opportunity to promote the model on social media.
COY Co. has received POPES OFFICIAL BLESSING, ”the company said on Instagram on November 13th.
As of Friday morning, Pope Francis is not following anyone on his very popular Instagram account, which has more than 7.4 million followers.
Garibotto, who has 2.4 million Instagram followers, took the endorsement with pride.
“At least I’m going to heaven,” the model shot on Twitter.