The Vatican is investigating how a photo of a model of the schoolgirl was “liked” in Pope Francis’ official Instagram account.
A Vatican spokesman told NBC News on Friday that it was seeking answers from the popular social media app.
“We are studying what happened on Instagram with the help of the competent office,” said Matteo Bruni, director of the Vatican press office.
In a photo posted on Natalia Garibots’ Instagram on October 6, the lingerie model can be seen wearing a revealing school girl-inspired dress and high white stockings with suspenders.
The Catholic News Agency reported that it was not clear when the Pope’s official account gave the model his blessing, but the “choice” was visible on November nine.
COY Co, Garibotto’s management company, wasted no time seizing the opportunity to promote the model on social media.
On November 13, the company said on Instagram, “COY Co.” Has received POPE’S OFFICIAL BLESSING.
As of Friday morning, Pope Francis does not follow anyone on his widely popular Instagram account, which has more than 7.4 million followers.
Garibotto, who has 2.4 million Instagram followers, garnered support with pride.
“At least I’m going to heaven,” the model joked on Twitter.