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Vatican Jesus Medal Recalled After Embarrassing Misspelling

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Whoops! Looks like the Vatican needs spell-check.

A medal commissioned to commemorate the pontificate of Pope Francis has been abruptly recalled after the Vatican realized that it had misspelled the name of someone fairly important to the Roman Catholic Church.

That person is Jesus.

Or "Lesus," according to the papal medal.

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The medal, produced by the Italian State Mint, has the inscription "Franciscus Pont. Max. An. I." as well as a portrait of Pope Francis on the front side.

The reverse side was meant to carry "the quotation that moved the young Jorge Mario Bergoglio when he felt the call to the priesthood: 'Vidit ergo Jesus publicanum et quia miserando atque eligendo vidit, ait illi sequere me,'" according to Catholic Culture. The motto is taken from a homily about the call of St. Matthew, and in English reads as, “Jesus saw the tax collector and by having mercy chose him as an Apostle saying to him: Follow me," according to Catholic World Report.

However, it appears that the Mint ran into some trouble when it came to the word "Jesus," as it appears as "Lesus" on the printed medal, available in gold, silver, and bronze.

More than 6,000 medals were recalled after they went on sale Tuesday, reports the Telegraph, though not before four had been already sold. They will now become valuable collector's items.

Twitter was quick to respond:


James Martin, SJ
Recalled Vatican medal says Lesus instead of Jesus. Wonder how Mary's husband Loseph feels about it.

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