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Pope Medals Recalled After Jesus’ Name Misspelled

More Than 6,000 Of The Medallions Were Produced
Jesus' name is mispelled on a Vatican commemorative medal. (credit: CBSNews/Catholic News Service)

Jesus’ name is mispelled on a Vatican commemorative medal. (credit: CBSNews/Catholic News Service)

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VATICAN CITY (CBSNewYork) — Forgive the Vatican, for it has misspelled.

The Vatican is recalling more than 6,000 papal medals after the name Jesus was misspelled as “Lesus.”

The gold, silver and bronze medallions commemorating Pope Francis’ first year as head of the Roman Catholic Church went on sale Tuesday in St. Peter’s Square. The typo was noticed quickly, but not before four of the coins had been sold, the Catholic News Service said on Twitter.

The medals, which were produced by the Italian State Mint, include an image by artist Mariangela Crisciotti and a Latin phrase on one side and a depiction of Pope Francis on the other. The phrase translated into English means: “Jesus, therefore, saw the publican, and because he saw by having mercy and by choosing, He said to him, ‘Follow me.’”

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