The Vatican has launched an investigation into the Pope’s Instagram account after his official page “liked” a raunchy picture of a scantily clad Brazilian bikini model, Natalia Garibotto.
The Oct. 5 photo shows Garibotto wearing a racy outfit along with the caption, “I can teach you a thing or two,” and a happy devil emoji.
Francis’ verified Instagram account, Franciscus, was one of the pages liking Natalia Garibotto’s photo before it abruptly “unliked” the image last week, according to the Catholic News Agency.
The Brazilian model, who has been celebrating the pope’s supposed endorsement also took to Twitter afterwards and wrote, “At least I’m going to heaven.”
In another tweet, she wrote: “Brb on my way to the Vatican.”
Speaking with Barstool Sports, the Brazilian model said: “My mum may hate my ass pics but the Pope be double-tapping.”
In a statement, the Catholic News Agency said: “The picture “liked” by Pope Francis’ verified account, Franciscus, features Brazilian model and Twitch streamer Natalia Garibotto wearing a lingerie outfit that resembles a school uniform. Garibotto’s mostly-uncovered posterior is visible in the picture. The exact time of the “like” is unclear, but it was visible and reported by news outlets on November 13.”
“The photograph was unliked on November 14, after CNA asked the Holy See Press Office for comment. An official for the Holy See Press Office declined to comment on the event.”
Sources close to the Vatican leadership told the outlet that an internal probe is underway to determine how the “like” happened.