Hey, they spelled Elvis' name wrong on his tombstone and that set off a generation of conspiracy kooks. Spelling Jesus' name wrong on a Vatican coin will likely create more. Someone send for the albino monks to quiet them.
ABC News reports:
A medal issued by the Vatican commemorating Pope Francis’ first year as the Bishop of Rome included a rather glaring spelling error, a typo of Biblical proportions.This whole thing is actually kinda' funny.
Engraved with the Latin phrase that the pope says inspired him to join the priesthood as a young man, Italy’s state mint misspelled the name of Jesus, calling the son of God Lesus instead.
The medals, of which 6,000 were pressed in silver and bronze and another 200 in gold, have now been recalled. The design included a portrait of Pope Francis on the obverse and on the reverse a work by the artist Mariangela Crisciotti.
The medals were to go on sale Tuesday and include the Latin inscription: “Vidit ergo Jesus publicanum et quia miserando atque eligendo vidit, ait illi sequere me,” according to the Vatican press office.
Mistakenly, however, the word “Lesus” was printed instead.
To err is human, and to forgive divine. But hey, that doesn't mean we can't point and laugh for a little while, right?