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The Vatican Launches Investigation Into How The Pope's Instagram Account Liked Model's Picture

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The Vatican Launches Investigation Into How The Pope's Instagram Account Liked Model's Picture

The Vatican is trying to clean up the mess left from a simple and very accidental double-tap.

The world went wild when it was revealed the Pope's Instagram account had liked a bikini model's picture. In all the things that 2020 has thrown at us, this would have hardly been on anyone's bingo cards.

But it definitely happened and now the Vatican wants to know why.

The Catholic News Agency says His Holiness' account had double-tapped Brazilian model and Twitch streamer Natalia Garibotto's photo of her wearing a lingerie outfit that resembles a school uniform.

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The like was tapped on November 13 and when the CNA asked for a comment on why it happened, the like was quickly retracted the following day.

The picture of Natalia Garibotto liked by the Pope's Instagram account. Credit: Instagram/@nataagataa
The picture of Natalia Garibotto liked by the Pope's Instagram account. Credit: Instagram/@nataagataa

The Pope's Instagram account is allegedly run by a team of employees and the investigation is now turning to who was responsible for that cheeky like.

What's even more interesting is how the photo would have come up on the feed, considering neither Garibotto nor the Pope follow each other.

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Earlier this week, the model posted a short video to her account appearing to show the like on her picture from the Pope's account. Joking about it on Twitter, she said: "At least I'm going to heaven."

However, it appears as though the video has since been removed by Garibotto - perhaps at the request of the Vatican?

Speaking to Barstool Sports at the time, she said: "My mum may hate my ass pics but the Pope be double-tapping."

The Pope is generally thought to be pretty progressive compared to his predecessors, particularly as the first pontiff to publicly support the LGBT community.

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In a documentary entitled Francesco, the 83-year-old said: "Homosexual people have the right to be in a family. They are children of God. Nobody should be thrown out or be made miserable over it. What we have to have is a civil union law; that way they are legally covered."

Francesco had its premiere at Rome Film Festival last month and this comment represents his most direct endorsement of same-sex civil unions to date.

Reverend James Martin - a prominent Jesuit who has long advocated for the church to be more welcoming to LGBT members - said this was a move in the right direction.

Speaking to The Washington Post, he said: "I think it's a big step forward. In the past, even civil unions were frowned upon in many quarters of the church. He is putting his weight behind legal recognition of same-sex civil unions."

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He had also previously spoken to a victim of sexual abuse in what was to that point his clearest indication of his acceptance of homosexuality.

The Pontiff said God had made Juan Carlos Cruz gay and that his sexuality 'does not matter'.

Cruz was speaking privately with the Pope last week about his abuse at the hands of a high-up priest in Chile.

When the two reached the subject of Cruz's sexuality, Pope Francis is reported as having said: "Juan Carlos, that you are gay does not matter. God made you like that and loves you like this and I don't care. The Pope loves you like this. You have to be happy with who you are."

Featured Image Credit: PA

Stewart Perrie
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