It is not clear when exactly this photo was liked, but it was still visible on the 13th of November before it was unliked the next day. The Vatican launched an investigation to probe how this situation occurred.
However, the damage was already done as the model’s agency had noticed and reposted a screengrab of the Pope’s ‘like’ on their official page. In an effort to maximise publicity from the incident the agency wrote they had ‘received the POPE’S OFFICIAL BLESSING’.
A Vatican spokesperson has clarified that the Pope does not use his own instagram account, instead it is managed by a team of people in the Vatican. The Vatican’s investigation has now also ruled out the possibility that the like came from within.
Natalia Garibotto, for her part, just made light of the incident and stated, “At least I’m going to heaven”.