Pope Francis accidentally drops F-bomb during Vatican address

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March 4, 2014

"To err is human; to forgive, divine", said the English poet Alexander Pope. Words that may be of some comfort to his namesake (sort of) Pope Francis after he accidentally used some distinctly unholy language during a papal address to thousands in St Peter's Square.

Pope Francis

March 4, 2014

"To err is human; to forgive, divine", said the English poet Alexander Pope. Words that may be of some comfort to his namesake (sort of) Pope Francis after he accidentally used some distinctly unholy language during a papal address to thousands in St Peter's Square.

Pope Francis

It wasn't however, an attempt by the man dubbed the 'People's Pope' to further connect with ordinary Italians – though it won't have done any harm.

The leader of 1.2 billion Catholics across the world, most of whom consider him God's representative on earth, managed to cause a stir at his mass weekly Vatican address by seemingly dropping the F-bomb with all the ease of a drunken docker in a public house.

Pope Francis, who is renowned for the common touch he has brought to his papacy, and was recently voted Time man of the year, stumbled over the Italian word for 'example' – "caso".

Instead the word that slipped out was "cazzo" – which means "f***" or refers to the male genitalia (depending on interpretation).

To make matters considerably worse the 77-year-old Argentinian pontiff's gaffe came at a moment of heartfelt sincerity as he appealed to the international community to seek a peaceful solution to the Ukraine crisis.

It didn't take long for the slip-up to be shared widely across social media sites. The pontiff's error was quickly published on YouTube and has since garnered thousands of hits. YouTube users had some sympathy for the unfortunate pope.

Giorgio Olori wrote: "Okay come on! He is a man too!" While another commented, "This is a pope who is outspoken." "He wanted to say, 'in this case' – it's a simple mistake made by a foreigner reading Italian, nothing more," another wrote.


Courtesy: The Independent