Vatican Misspells Jesus —on 6K Medals
FYI Vatican officials, it's Jesus, not Lesus
By Arden Dier, Newser Staff
Posted Oct 11, 2013 6:51 AM CDT
Pope Francis smiles during the weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican, Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013.   (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

(Newser) – You'd think if anyone was going to misspell the name of God's son, it wouldn't be the Vatican. But some 6,000 gold, silver, and bronze medals to commemorate Pope Francis have been recalled after a misspelling in a Latin phrase turned Jesus into Lesus, der Spiegel reports. The mistake wasn't actually caught until four of the medals, made by the Italian State Mint, had already been sold, adds the Daily Mail, so they're bound to be worth some money should you stumble across one.

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OrneryPup
Oct 12, 2013 2:30 AM CDT
Hey Zeus
mauricioD
Oct 12, 2013 1:53 AM CDT
CORRECTION: Holy Williams's got it right: not a lower case "L" but a capitalized letter "i". The latinized letter "i" may sound rather similarly to a "J" so that "Ian" can become Sean or John and "Iago" is Yago in certain romace languages. Thus we can have a capitalized "i" to bring us to "Iesus." No big deal but humorous. Apologies.
mauricioD
Oct 12, 2013 1:52 AM CDT
Holy Williams's got it right: not a lower case "L" but a capitalized letter "i". The latinized letter "i" may sound rather similarly to a "J" so that "Ian" can become Sean or John and "Iago" is Yago in certain romace languages. Thus we can have a capitalized "i" to bring us to "Iesus." No big deal but humorous.