Katie LaPotin, Red Alert Politics, March 3, 2014
Pope Francis did not have one of his finest outings Sunday, as he accidentally recited the Italian equivalent of the F-bomb during his weekly blessing at the Vatican.
According to the Los Angeles Times, the Argentine-born leader of the Roman Catholic Church was talking about the current political crisis in Ukraine and meant to say the word caso, meaning example, when he mispronounced it so it sounded somewhat like a different Italian word he definitely did not mean to say.
“If each one of us does not amass riches only for oneself, but half for the service of others, in this [expletive],” the Pope said (translated into English, according to The New York Daily News), before quickly catching himself and moving on.”In this case the providence of God will become visible through this gesture of solidarity.”
While the mistake is considered to be a common one, especially for someone who is not a native Italian speaker, it nonetheless went viral rather quickly.
The incident was a rare misstep for the rather popular pope, who is often considered to be a more relatable papal leader than his predecessors. An NBC/Wall Street Journal poll from December found that 57 percent of Americans have a favorable opinion of the pontiff, compared to just 36 percent of Americans who have a favorable opinion of the Catholic church. TIME Magazine’s 2013 Person of the Year also received a 92 percent approval rating from the nation’s Catholics in an ABC News/Washington Post poll last December as well.
Watch the pope’s gaffe below.