- Allegations by a Brazilian model that the papal Instagram account had liked her photo are under investigations by The Vatican
- Sources close to the Vatican press told the Catholic News Agency that the pope's social media accounts are managed by a team of employees
- The 'like' is said to have been present on the model's photo from early October 2020 but was removed on November 14
The Vatican has launched investigations into finding out how the papal Instagram account liked a risqué photo of Brazilian model Natalia Garibotto.
While the photo was allegedly liked in early October 2020, it was not removed until November 14 after the Catholic News Agency (CNA) asked the Holy See Press Office for comment.
The news agency reported an official for the Holy See Press Office had not commented on the incident but the internal investigation was underway. It further noted sources close to the Vatican press had confirmed that the pope's social media accounts were managed by a team of employees
Investigations were launched after the 27-year-old model Natalia Garibotto told her social media audience that the pontiff's account was among the 133,000 that had liked an image of her on November 13.
The picture 'liked' by the account featured Garibotto wearing a lingerie outfit that resembled a school uniform with her mostly-uncovered behind visible.
Garibotto’s management and publicity firm is said to have used the papal account’s response for publicity purposes, posting on its account that the firm had “received the Pope's official blessing".
Neither Garibotto nor Pope Francis’ official account follow each other on Instagram, further noting Pope Francis’s Instagram account does not follow any other accounts.
In other news, Briefly.co.za previously reported that Pope Francis of the Roman Catholic Church has sent his congratulatory message to Joe Biden, the projected winner of the United States (US) presidential election.
In a message, Francis gave his blessing to Biden and wished him well as he takes the mantle of leadership of the country over the next four years, DailyMail reports.
Reacting to the famous cleric's remarks, Biden said:
"The president-elect thanked His Holiness for extending blessings and congratulations and noted his appreciation for His Holiness' leadership in promoting peace, reconciliation, and the common bonds of humanity around the world."
When Biden is sworn in by January 2021, he will be the second American Catholic president to rule the nation, with the first being the late John F Kennedy.
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