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Vatican investigates Pope Francis’ Instagram account after it ‘liked’ picture of Brazilian model

The Vatican has called for an investigation after the Pope’s official Instagram account “liked” a photo of a Brazilian model.

It is unclear when the account “liked” the image of Natalia Garibotto.

News outlets first started reporting the move last Friday, before the image was “unliked” on the platform.

Vatican officials are now investigating how this could have happened on the Pope’s account.

The Pope’s official Instagram account, which is under the user name franciscus, has 7.4 million followers worldwide.

Sources close to the Vatican’s press office told the Catholic News Agency on Tuesday that the accounts were “managed by a team of employees” and an internal investigation was now under way.

Natalia Garibotto, 27, who is also a streamer on the gaming website Twitch told one Instagram follower she was “excited” about the “like” as she was religious.

“At least I’m going to heaven,” she tweeted.