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Pope swearing: Pope Francis caught swearing during public speech

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The Pope was caught swearing during his weekly blessing at the Vatican on Sunday, March 2. According to People Magazine, Pope Francis slipped up saying "cazzo," which is the Italian equivalent of the "F-word." Apparently the Pope meant to say the word "caso" which means "case." He quickly corrected his blunder -- but plenty of people uploaded videos of the mistake and they circulated on the Internet today.

Pope Francis' speech was translated as: "If each one of us does not amass riches only for oneself, but half for the service of others, in this f--- ... in this case the providence of God will become visible through this gesture of solidarity (NPR via People Magazine).

The Pope swearing during his blessing was huge news online and people couldn't stop talking about it on social media. While there were certainly a lot of jokes (e.g. the Pope needs to go to confession), some people couldn't even believe that Pope Francis slipped up like this. Most people would never even dream of the most Holy figure in the Catholic church swearing.

At the same time, a lot of people don't think that there's anything wrong with Pope Francis' slip up. It's not like the "F-word" would even have fit into the sentence that he was saying. It seems clear that he just used the wrong pronunciation of the word.

Was the Pope's swearing that big of a deal?

© Effie Orfanides 2014

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