Don't believe that Pope selfie, it's a fake

Posted at 12:52 PM, Dec 14, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-14 12:52:18-05

(CNN) -- The Internet exploded Monday morning when some people thought Pope Francis took his first selfie -- the problem was, it wasn't true.

It wasn't his first selfie -- or even a selfie at all.

The picture came from a screen grab of a video chat he hosted in September 2014.

The image of the overjoyed Pontiff, posted on Instagram by unofficial Vatican account, appeared with the caption "First #selfie." The photo received more than 9,000 likes in a matter of hours on Monday.


@catholicworld #popeFrancis #papaFrancesco #papaFrancisco #papstFranziskus #papeFrançois #????????????

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Several news outlets fell prey to non-selfie snafu, including New York Daily News, Yahoo News and CNN.

Let's give the Pope some credit -- he's posted many selfies before. He posed for his first selfie with Italian pilgrims at St. Peter's Basilica in August 2013.

We'll be waiting for the next papal portrait, but this time, on the official Vatican Instagram account.

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