Vatican misspells 'Jesus' on papal medals

Name of the son of God appeared as 'Lesus' on hundreds of medals


A medal commemorating the first year of Pope Francis' reign has been abruptly recalled over a rather embarrassing spelling error.

Jesus is misspelled as "Lesus" on the medal commissioned by the Vatican, according to The Huffington Post.

Created by the Italian State Mint, the medal features Pope Francis' motto as seen on his coat of arms.

In Latin, it says: "Vidit ergo Jesus publicanum et quia miserando antque eligendo vidit, ait illi sequere me,' meaning "Jesus therefore sees the tax collector, and since he sees by having mercy and by choosing, he says to him, follow me."

It is from a passage that moved the young pope to follow God, according to The Daily Mail.

The Vatican pulled the medals after someone notified them of the spelling error, but not before four were sold.

Just 400 sets of the medals are typically offered for sale, as well as 200 gold coins, 3,000 silver coins and 3,000 bronze coins, according to the Vatican.