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Vatican Medal, Lesus

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The Vatican recalled thousands of official papal medals celebrating Pope Francis' first year of pope-hood when they discovered that they had mispelled Jesus' name as "Lesus." 


The medals, over 6,000 of which were produced by the Italian State Mint, were inscribed with a picture of the pope as well as the quote, "Vidit ergo Jesus publicanum, et quia miserando atque eligendo vidit, ait illi, 'Sequere me.'"

(Translation: "Jesus therefore sees the tax collector, and since he sees by having mercy and by choosing, he says to him, 'Follow me.'" Only this time, Lesus finally got his moment in the spotlight.)

Naturally, the mistake had to be made spelling the most important name in the quote, because of course it did. Though, if you're someone who believes the devil is in the details, perhaps you should say an extra Hail Mary or two today?

Hey, we understand typos happen. Too bad the Vatican doesn't have online commenters to sit outside the balcony and shout, "WAS THIS WRITTEN BY A 3RD GRADER? DON'T YOU HAVE ANY EDITORS OVER THERE??" 

The medals went on sale at the Vatican Publishing House in St. Peter's Square on Tues. Oct. 8, and were pulled yesterday. In the meantime, four people had purchased the incorrect medal.

The four incorrect medals are now expected to become rare collectables, and the people who bought them will likely be able to score a decent payout if they decide to resell them. Soooo...

Praise Lesus?