Pope Francis wears a face mask during ceremony in Rome
The pontiff’s account, franciscus, was one of over 2,500 which reportedly liked a revealing photo posted by Margot Foxx, who calls herself the “tiddy queen”. Ms Foxx, who has over 110,000 Instagram followers, posted a picture of herself in a low-cut black swimsuit with the caption “happy Tuesday”.
The model also runs a popular OnlyFans account.
After the alleged ‘like’ Ms Foxx posted a screenshot with the caption “hey that’s me” on Twitter.
She later added: “The Pope liked my picture that means I’m going to heaven.”
This tweet was accompanied with a ‘relieved face’ emoji icon.
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Since the controversy broke out Ms Foxx has set her Instagram account to private.
This is the second time in the past six weeks the Pope’s official Instagram has allegedly ‘liked’ a scantily clad photo of a model.
The same took place in November with a photograph posted by Brazilian model Natalia Garibotto.
According to the Catholic News Agency (CNA) the post was unliked the next day.
The CNA reports an investigation was launched to find out how the ‘like’ took place.
It is believed a number of people have access to the Pope’s account.
Speaking to The Guardian a Vatican spokesman said: “We can exclude that the ‘like’ came from the Holy See, and it has turned to Instagram for explanations.”
According to Robert Mickens, editor of the English language version of Catholic paper La Croix, the Pope rarely uses Twitter himself.
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He explained: “The pope is not like Donald Trump, he’s not sitting around using his phone or computer to tweet all day long.
“He does, for example, approve the tweets – but not the likes – and on very rare occasions he has said he would like to tweet something because of a developing situation or emergency.
“So he would have nothing to do with this – it’s the communications department, and how this happens…who knows.”
COY Co, the company which manages Ms Garibotto, later jokingly said the model had “received the POPE’S OFFICIAL BLESSING”.
Pope Francis greets crowds at General Audience in Vatican City
The Pope has over 7.6m followers on his Instagram account.
His biograph states: “I want to walk with you along the way of God’s mercy and tenderness.”
Typically, the pontiff tweets messages about prayer and other religious themes, usually in English and a number of other languages.
His most recent post, made on Wednesday, addresses the coronavirus pandemic.
The Pope commented: “If the pandemic has forces us to be more distant, Jesus, in the crib, shows us the way of tenderness to be close to each other, to be human. Let us follow this path.”
This post has been liked more than 187,000 times.
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