We all make mistakes, even the Vatican. The following article appeared in USA Today:
“What would “Lesus” do? He would probably spell-check his work.
The Vatican has reportedly withdrawn from sale around 6,000 medals of a new papal medal inscribed in error with the word “Lesus” instead of “Jesus.”
Four of the medals, which went on sale Tuesday, had already been sold. It has been suggested that because of the error these could become valuable.
The medals were made by the Italian State Mint and should have carried the inscription: “Vidit ergo Jesus publicanum, et quia miserando atque eligendo vidit, ait illi, ‘Sequere me.'”
This roughly translates as, “Jesus therefore sees the tax collector, and since he sees by having mercy and by choosing, he says to him, ‘follow me.'”
Instead, someone named “Lesus” saw the tax collector.
The correct phrase in Latin is one that inspired Pope Francis to become a priest.
Social media users cracked jokes about this new religious figure, “Lesus” Christ. “I blame the Lesuits,” said one tweet.
The Catholic News Service posted the following picture on Twitter and to be honest non-Latin scholars could possible think the error was a Latin character “L” for “J” :