Pope Francis accidentally let a slip of the tongue turn into viral internet folly after the Holy Father bungled the Italian word for “case,” instead using the slang word “cazzo,” a vulgar term.
According to the Huffington Post on Monday, the native Spanish speaking Pope Francis, in the middle of his discourse to the crowds at St. Peter’s Square on Sunday, trotted out "cazzo," a word which means:
Pronunciation: /kattso/ [vulg]: D**k, or as an interjection: F**k. – Oxford Dictionary
In Italian, Francis said: “If each one of us does not amass riches only for oneself, but half for the service of others, in this f--- [pause], in this case, the providence of God will become visible through this gesture of solidarity.”
So there you have it.
A simple mistake, but when the Pope drops an F-bomb in his weeky address to thousands gathered below, people listen. In fact, the 77-year-old Jesuit Pope’s gaffe will get way more airtime than anything else the Pope may say, which is an indication as to just what makes the news these days.
Perhaps Francis will need to recite a few more prayers on his rosary beads to make up for the vulgarity. But as another famous “Pope” said:
“To err is human, to forgive, divine.” – Alexander Pope, 18th century English poet.