It would seem Pope Francis makes headlines every week, and this week is not different: now he reportedly dropped an equivalent to the F-bomb during his Sunday address.
According to “The Local,” an Italian online newspaper in English, the Pope’s message of charity was lost in translation when he accidentally muddled the word “caso” (case) with “cazzo,” which literally means penis but is often used by Italians as an expletive.
“If each one of us does not amass riches only for oneself, but half for the service of others in this ‘cazzo,’” he said, pausing before continuing. “In this case the providence of God will become visible through this gesture of solidarity.”
Although a flustered Pope quickly corrected his error, his gaffe was quickly published on YouTube, garnering thousands of hits.
From the comments posted on the site, it seems like the Pope's sin was quickly forgiven.
“He wanted to say, ‘in this case’ – it’s a simple mistake made by a foreigner reading Italian, nothing more,” one commentator said.
“Great Pope Francis, I love you!” another posted.
During his address, Pope Francis also reflected on Russian troops being deployed to Ukraine, making “a heartfelt appeal to the international community to support any initiative in favor of dialogue.”