The Vatican–you know, the place that tells the world to worship Les…I mean, Jesus?
Well it seems that they have misspelled their savior’s name! This medal, commissioned by the Vatican to commemorate the first year of Pope Francis, went on sale on October 7. …with JESUS misspelled!
According to catholicculture.org:
The medal, produced by the Italian State Mint and available in gold, silver, and bronze, features a portrait of the Pontiff and the signature of the artist who designed the coin, Mariangela Crisciotti. Around the portrait is the inscription: “Franciscus Pont. Max. An. I.”
The reverse side carries the quotation that moved the young Jorge Mario Bergoglio when he felt the call to the priesthood: “Vidit ergo Jesus publicanum et quia miserando antque eligendo vidit, ait illi sequere me.”
Four were sold before all 400 sets and additional gold coins, 3000 silver, and 3000 bronze were recalled, becoming–it can be assumed–very valuable.
Twitter, as expected, had some fun with this news:
I call for Catholics all across the country to join in prayer for the Pope to be divinely guided to hire someone who can spell the name of the son of their invisible sky genie…or at minimum, take care to proof-read an inscription before printing thousands of copies of something!