Ilocos Norte solon scores selfie with Pope Francis

Posted at 04/29/14 7:28 PM

MANILA -- Ilocos Norte 1st District Representative Rodolfo Fariñas had the "selfie of his life" with no less than Pope Francis.

The selfie photo, which was posted by Fariñas on his Instagram account, was taken after the canonization of Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII at the St. Peter's Square at the Vatican last Sunday.

Fariñas was a member of the Philippine delegation to the canonization.

"Selfie of my life, with Pope Francis, after the Canonization of Saints John XXIII and John Paul II! Praise The Lord!" he said in the photo's accompanying caption.

As of posting, the photo has 239 "likes."

Some social media users were quick to comment how "blessed" and "lucky" the congressman was for being able to come close to Pope Francis and even score a selfie.

However, as shown in a video taken by Italy's Repubblica TV, Fariñas apparently took the selfie while the Pope was still shaking hands and talking to Philippine Ambassador to the Holy See Mercedes Tuason.

The manner in which Fariñas took the photograph raised the question on whether he acted properly in front of the Catholic leader.

Tuason was also among the Philippine delegates to the canonization of John Paul II and John XXIII.

Twitter user MelSporty said what the congressman did was "embarrassing" and "rude."

Pope Francis had his first selfie photo with a group of teenagers visiting the Vatican in August last year, prompting various reactions on social media.

The selfie was just one of the Pope's surprising acts, which also included picking up the phone and calling ordinary people who write to him.