Vatican misspells Jesus

A medal struck by the Italian state mint, celebrating the first anniversary of Pope Francis’s papacy, refers to ‘Lesus.’ The Vatican has withdrawn 6,000 of the medals from sale—but four rarities are out there.

The Vatican scrambled this week to recall 6,000 gold, silver, and bronze medals from sale after close readers discovered one particularly important misspelled word: Jesus. The medals say “Lesus.”

The Catholic News Service documented the error on Twitter:

Photo of Vatican medal with “Lesus” instead of “Jesus” pic.twitter.com/qrtxFd2mDZ

— Catholic News Svc (@CatholicNewsSvc) October 10, 2013

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