A medal struck by the Italian state mint, celebrating the first
anniversary of Pope Francis’s papacy, refers to ‘Lesus.’ The Vatican has
withdrawn 6,000 of the medals from sale—but four rarities are out
The Vatican scrambled this week to recall 6,000 gold, silver, and bronze
medals from sale after close readers discovered one particularly
important misspelled word: Jesus.
The medals say “Lesus.”
The Catholic News Service documented the error on Twitter:
The medals, which were struck by the Italian State Mint and commemorate
Pope Francis’s first year in the papacy, were inscribed with a key
sentence from the story of Matthew, the biblical story that inspired the
pope to enter the priesthood.
It was supposed to read, “Vidit ergo Jesus publicanum, et quia miserando
atque eligendo vidit, ait illi, ‘Sequere me.’” Roughly translated, that
means, “Jesus therefore sees the tax collector, and since he sees by
having mercy and by choosing, he says to him, ‘follow me.’”
The Vatican reportedly sold only four of the medals before removing them
from sale, which means four lucky people have an extremely rare
collector’s item on their hands.
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