Lesus, Bary, and Poseph.
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:
The medals, which were struck by the Italian State Mint and commemorate Pope Francis’s first year in the papacy, were inscribed with a key sentence from the story of Matthew, the biblical story that inspired the pope to enter the priesthood.
It was supposed to read, “Vidit ergo Jesus publicanum, et quia miserando atque eligendo vidit, ait illi, ‘Sequere me.’” Roughly translated, that means, “Jesus therefore sees the tax collector, and since he sees by having mercy and by choosing, he says to him, ‘follow me.’”
The Vatican reportedly sold only four of the medals before removing them from sale, which means four lucky people have an extremely rare collector’s item on their hands.