Jesus was misspelled on over 6,000 medals printed by the Italian State Mint to celebrate the start of Pope Francis’ Papacy. CBS News reported on Thursday that the Vatican recalled the medallions after they had been scheduled for sale in St. Peter’s Square.
The medals featured Pope Francis’ portrait on one side and a Latin phrase, which inspired the Holy Father as a teen into his priestly vocation, on the other.
Vidit ergo Jesus publicanum et quia miserando antque eligendo vidit, ait illi sequere me. Translated: Jesus, therefore, saw the publican, and because he saw by having mercy and by choosing, He said to him, 'follow me.'
Instead of Jesus, the 6,200 medals (200 gold, 3,000 bronze and 3,000 silver) were printed with an L to read Lesus.
According to the Vatican Information Service, Tuesday was to begin the sale of the “official medal of the first year of Pope Francis’ pontificate” at the Administration of the Patrimony of the Apostolic See in Vatican City, and at the Vatican Publishing House in St. Peter's Square. Prior to the recall, four medals with Jesus misspelled had already been sold and are thought to become collector’s items.
Underneath the photo of the “Vatican medal with ‘Lesus instead of ‘Jesus’” posted by the Catholic News Service on Friday, one user comically stated, “I blame the Lesuits.”
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