Jesus is misspelled on a new Vatican medal, which is causing quite the stir online today. While mistakes do happen, the one place you wouldn’t expect to find Jesus misspelled is on a commemorative piece honoring the newest pope. According to The Inquisitr on Oct. 11, the Vatican was forced to withdraw thousands of their papal medals because someone misspelled Jesus and it made its way on to the medals.
The gold, silver and bronze medals were created by the Italian State Mint. The commemorative medals were created for the Pope Francis’ pontificate. Instead of “Jesus,” the medals display “Lesus.” The sale of these medals launched Oct. 8, but when someone noticed “Lesus” on the medal, the Vatican recalled them out of their shops.
With the face of Pope Francis on one side of the coin-like medal and a Latin phrase on the other, these medals were very official looking until you spot the misspelling. The phrase that appears on these medals is the one that inspired the Pope to go into the priesthood, so it has great meaning to the Vatican’s newest leader.
The Latin phrase:
“Vidit ergo Jesus publicanum et quia miserando antque eligendo vidit, ait illi sequere me.”
Jesus, therefore, saw the publican, and because he saw by having mercy and by choosing, he said to him, ‘Follow me.”
As embarrassing to the church that the misspelling of Jesus might be, the coin collectors will have a field day trying to get their hands on these misspelled coins. There is a silver lining for someone even when Jesus is misspelled!