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Jesus Misspelled as “Lesus” in Vatican Medals


The Vatican has made a spelling mistake in their recent sale of medals. Apparently, the word Jesus was misspelled as “Lesus”. The misspelled Jesus appears in an inscription on the edge written in Latin depicting Pope Francis’ ascension to become a priest.

The inscription in Latin says: “Vidit ergo Jesus publicanum et quia miserando antque eligendo vidit, ait illi sequere me” which translates to “Jesus therefore sees the tax collector, and since he sees by varying mercy and by choosing, he says to him, ‘follow me’. The “J” in Jesus appeared to be “L” to become Lesus.

Jesus Misspelled in Vatican Medal

Jesus Misspelled in Vatican Medal

The Vatican medals were already made into production and sale to the public by the Italian state mint before the misspelled name of Jesus was noticed. The medals were struck in gold, silver and bronze.

The Vatican said it has withdrawn 6,000 of these flawed medals which were put on sale by Tuesday at the Vatican Publishing House in St Peter’s Square. However, four of the medals were already bought and could become a valuable collector’s item because of its rarity.

Observers of the medals cracked jokes using social media. One user tweeted: “Lesus” Christ. “I blame the Lesuits.”

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