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Vatican Makes Big Mistake That Leads to Major Recall -- and It Involves a Man Named 'Lesus

The embarrassing error apparently went unchecked and wasn't discovered until after the medal was in production.

Photo Credit: Italian State Mint

Mistakes happen — even at the Vatican.

Not an earth-shattering revelation, you might say...but this faux pas might sting a while.

It involves one wrong letter in one name (albeit a very important name) on a commemorative medal intended to honor Pope Francis' first year as pontiff.

The embarrassing error apparently went unchecked and wasn't discovered until after the medal was in production.

What happened? "Jesus" was spelled incorrectly.

Instead of properly displaying the Christian savior's first name, the medal refers to him as "Lesus."

Available in bronze, gold and silver, the commemorative item went on sale this Tuesday. But it wasn't available for very long before someone finally noticed the blunder.

Photo Credit: Italian State Mint

The Vatican wasted no time in recalling the medal, which was produced by the Italian State Mint, The Huffington Post explains.

And Gawker notes that the coin includes the words, "VIDIT ERGO IESVS PVBLICANUM ET QVIA MISERANDO ATQVE ELIGENDO VIDIT, AIT ILLI SEQVERE ME." This means, "Jesus, therefore, saw the publican, and because he saw by having mercy and by choosing, He said to him, 'Follow me."

While 6,000 units were produced, only four were sold before the mistake was caught.

Those who own these now-rare medals certainly will rejoice, as their value is likely to increase quite a bit.

(H/T: Huffington Post)

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